Armed Insurgents Attack

Posted: November 5, 2013 in Armed Insurgents Attack, Home Invasion Stories

Indianapolis police arrested a man Saturday night who they think took part in a home invasion near Meridian Hills last month, when two people were tied up and a Jeep was stolen.

Demetre Brown, 21, Indianapolis, faces preliminary charges of robbery and criminal confinement in connection with the Oct. 24 robbery in the 7000 block of Spring Mill Road.

Police say as many as four men tied up the homeowners and ransacked the house before fleeing in a stolen Jeep Commander. A police report indicates they also drove the homeowners to an ATM to withdraw money.

Although Brown has been the only man arrested in that case, police think the home invasion may be linked to a similar incident on the Far Northside days later that has resulted in several arrests.

That robbery occurred Tuesday at a home on East 79th Street, where four or five men shot a woman in her 50s in the leg and assaulted the woman’s daughter, who is in her 20s, police said.

As in the Spring Mill Road case, about 3 miles away, the men apparently forced the women to drive to an ATM to withdraw money, police said. The men also stole three vehicles at the home, though they have been recovered, police said.

Trey Spells, 18, Alexander Dupree, 23, and Michael Pugh, 21, were arrested and preliminarily charged in connection with that home invasion. Spells and Dupree were preliminarily charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and criminal confinement, while Pugh was preliminarily charged with being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm.

Those three arrests Wednesday and Thursday also led police to find property belonging to the Spring Mill Road homeowners. It’s not clear whether police think Spells, Dupree, Pugh and Brown were involved in both home invasions; the first three men have been preliminarily charged only in the East 79th Street case, while Brown has been preliminarily charged only in the Spring Mill Road case.

Police, however, indicated in a news release Sunday that the investigation is still not complete. Photos of the men, for example, are being withheld for fear they could jeopardize both home invasion cases, the release said. . .


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