INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Three armed robbers are on the run after killing a Subway restaurant employee on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) responded to the Subway at 7401 North Shadeland Avenue in response to a robbery in progress at 7:48 p.m. Monday.
IMPD says three suspects with black backpacks wearing black clothing and face masks — two had black face masks and one had a leopard print face mask — entered the restaurant and an altercation ensued, which eventually resulted in the employee being shot. A search for the suspects is ongoing.
Officers found the male employee, later identified as Ashok Kumar, suffering from at least one gunshot wound when they arrived. Medics responded to the scene, but despite their attempts to save Kumar's life, he died.
“He was a really good person. I’m very sad,” said Hans Pizarro.
Hans works right next door to Subway at Buona Pizza. Hans called the victim a friendly face in the community, a description echoed by other customers who commented about the death online.
“He was really good person. He was very nice, always was happy and smiling. He would sometimes come here and ask for pizza. I’d give him pizza or bread sticks,” said Pizarro.
Subway had been robbed 3 times in just over 3 years and Hans says his store has also been robbed twice.
“I’m scared for my life because I’m the only support for my family,” said Pizarro.
Additionally, there have been three Subway robberies on the northeast side since the beginning of this month.
- The first robbery occurred on January 3 in the 8900 block of East 38th Street. A female employee was shot and transported to the hospital in critical condition.
- The second robbery occurred on January 14 in the 4000 block of Pendleton Way. A man pointed a handgun at employees and demanded money.
- The third robbery was this most recent one on January 27 in the 7400 block of North Shadeland Avenue.
Police say there's no known connection between those crimes and the robbery and shooting Monday night, but Hans is praying the crooks seen in the black and white pictures are taken off the streets.
“We’re working everyday hard you know to support our families. This is a very bad situation,” said Pizarro.
The owner says he is personally offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).