INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 18, 2016)-- Police are searching for a man who robbed an Indianapolis woman at gunpoint while she was stopped at a red light on the city’s west side.
“After hearing this I should keep my windows and my doors locked at all times,” said driver Denise Roberts.
Police say the 33-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Oliver Street and Harding Street when a man ran up to her car, pulled out a gun and demanded she hand over her purse.
“It is not common. It is one of those kind of freak and unfortunate crimes that happens,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.
The suspect, described as a man in his early 20s, whipped open the passenger side door just seconds after the woman stepped on the brakes. Police say she did not have her car doors locked.
Not everyone has an automatic door lock and some criminals can see that as an opportunity, so as soon as you get inside of your car make sure you manually lock your door.
“If he would have pulled on that door and it would have been locked, he would have probably gone to another car, “ said Sgt. Adams.
Drivers who frequent the intersection say they are going to double check that their doors are locked, close their windows, and stay alert while on the road.
“I always check and look around because you never know when somebody is walking around and they could just run up on you,” says Roberts.
The victim’s family members say she is still in shock and extremely upset. Hoping police track down the man who stole her sense of safety, before he tries to do it again.
“It is just a good reminder to all of us to ensure that we are aware of our surroundings and lock our doors. Do all of the little things that we sometimes take for granted,” says Sgt. Adams.
Police are still searching for the man. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.