Indy police searching for suspect after woman robbed, shot during armed carjacking

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UPDATE (March 19, 2019) -- John Moreno was found not guilty on all counts during his trial.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police are searching for a man wanted for a violent carjacking.

The crime took place back in November on Indy’s west side. That’s when the victim said she was robbed in her own driveway. After she got into her car, the armed gunman jumped into victim's passenger seat.

Prosecutors say John Moreno demanded the woman’s purse and cell phone, then pulled the trigger.

"There was no reason to shoot this person. They were being compliant but he shot her," said Sgt. Steve DeBois with Crime Stoppers.

After being forced to drive around for a few minutes at gunpoint, the victim’s car stopped at an intersection on 30th Street. That allowed the bleeding woman to jump out the door.

"You don’t every day see someone fall out of a car and run over to your car," said Jessica Ross.

Ross had been driving to work that same morning, sitting at the same traffic light, when the wounded woman ran up and asked for help.

"I’m really sorry it happened to her. I'm glad I was able to help and she’s okay. I hope someone is able to get some justice for her," said Ross.

On Nov. 22, 2017, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Moreno, who’s wanted on charges of robbery with injury, kidnapping and aggravated battery. He’s considered armed and dangerous.

According to court records, the victim suffered numerous injuries, but did survive.

Moreno ditched the victim's car later the same day, but has never gone before a judge to face his charges.

"Heaven knows what would have happened if she had not gotten out of the car. We might have had another homicide. So he’s not a nice guy and after this case he disappeared off the map," said DuBois.

Investigators believe Moreno is still in central Indiana and he does have a criminal history, including a prior conviction for auto theft.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a mobile tip through the P3tips app for Apple or Android phones or visit to submit a web tip. Information can be submitted anonymously.

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