Armed robbers break in to south side home, tie up man and grandson for hours

INDIANAPOLIS — Four men broke into a south side home Wednesday morning and tied up and man and his grandson for hours while they ransacked the house.

Richard Bowen, 58, said he was sound asleep around 3 a.m. when he heard a noise in his house, located in the 1400 block of East Bradbury Avenue. He thought it was his 15-year-old grandson in the kitchen.

“I went to get up and at that time four guys burst into my bedroom with flashlights and guns,” Bowen said.

Bowen said they told him not to move and then tied him up. Then they proceeded to load up his truck with items from his house.

“They took everything. They took food. They even took my dog’s food,” Bowen said.

A detailed description of the suspects wasn’t available, although Bowen told police one of the men, who was armed with a gun, had “short, twisty hair” and was wearing a black skull mask.

In all, Bowen estimates the thieves made off with two TVs, his cable box and DVD player, $2-$3,000-worth of tools, and handgun and his 2003 Dodge Dakota, which they drove off in.

The ordeal lasted for hours. Bowen said the men didn’t leave until after daybreak.

“I was cooperating with them,” he said. “Doing everything they ask. Just going along with them, telling them everything they wanted to know.”

Fortunately, other than rope burns on his wrists from being tied up, neither Bowen nor his grandson were injured.

Bowen, who is on a fixed income, said he’s most worried now about how he will feed his two dogs.

Police were looking for the suspects Wednesday, and asked anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Your call may remain anonymous.

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