Indianapolis Police Arrest 16-Year-Old Suspect in Armed Carjacking of Rideshare Driver

A 16-year-old suspect was arrested after an armed carjacking of a rideshare driver in Indianapolis, with the help of a K-9 officer. The suspect faces preliminary charges of armed robbery, dangerous possession of a firearm, and resisting law enforcement.

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Indianapolis Police Arrest 16-Year-Old Suspect in Armed Carjacking of Rideshare Driver

Indianapolis Police Arrest 16-Year-Old Suspect in Armed Carjacking of Rideshare Driver

In the early hours of Sunday, May 12, 2024, a rideshare driver in Indianapolis fell victim to an armed carjacking near the intersection of North California Street and West 32nd Street. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) responded swiftly, leading to the arrest of a 16-year-old suspect with the help of a K-9 officer.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the growing concern of violent crimes targeting rideshare drivers, who are often vulnerable to such attacks. It also underscores the importance of effectivelaw enforcement response and community engagement in preventing and addressing these types of crimes.

The incident occurred just after midnight in the 3200 block of North California Street. The rideshare driver reported that he was approached by a group of four individuals who pointed handguns at him and demanded he exit the vehicle. The suspects then fled the scene in the stolen car.

Approximately two hours later, IMPD officers located the suspect vehicle using automatic license plate readers in the 6200 block of Allisonville Road. When officers attempted to stop the car, the suspects led them on a brief pursuit before coming to a halt in the 4000 block of North Keystone Avenue.

While one suspect remained in the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody, at least two others fled on foot. A K-9 officer and his partner successfully apprehended one of the fleeing suspects, a 16-year-old male, who was found to be in possession of a handgun. The teenager now faces preliminary charges of armed robbery, dangerous possession of a firearm, and resisting law enforcement.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will make the final decision on the charges against the arrested teenager. IMPD has not released additional information regarding the other suspect who fled the scene or the individual who remained in the vehicle during the pursuit.

As the investigation continues, authorities urge anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Scott Nickels at the IMPD Robbery Office at 317-327-3475 or via email at Scott.Nickels@indy.gov. "This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by rideshare drivers and the importance of swift action by law enforcement in apprehending those responsible for such crimes," said an IMPD spokesperson.

Key Takeaways

  • Rideshare driver carjacked at gunpoint in Indianapolis on May 12, 2024.
  • 16-year-old suspect arrested with help of K-9 officer after brief pursuit.
  • Suspect faces charges of armed robbery, dangerous possession of a firearm, and resisting law enforcement.
  • IMPD urges anyone with information to contact Detective Scott Nickels.
  • Incident highlights growing concern of violent crimes targeting rideshare drivers.