A newly released probable cause affidavit paints a horrifying picture of a brazen home invasion and sexual assault carried out by a group of men last week on Indianapolis’ Far Northside.
The affidavit was released as two of the men arrested in connection with the crimes — Alexander Dupree, 23, and Trae Spells, 18 — appeared Monday afternoon in Marion County criminal court, where they were formally charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and criminal confinement.
A third man, Demetre Brown, 21, also appeared for a hearing Monday. He is charged in the Oct. 24 robbery of a house in the 7000 block of Spring Mill Road. Police think the two incidents are connected.
The affidavit alleges that a couple and their daughter living in a residence in the 800 block of East 79th Street were terrorized, possibly for hours, on Oct. 29 by a group of men that included Dupree and Spells.
According to the affidavit, the men broke into the home, went into the couple’s bedroom and started screaming at them, demanding money.
Overhearing the commotion, the daughter woke up in her own bedroom, grabbed her purse and walked into her parents’ bedroom to offer it to the men. The affidavit says she was told to go back into her room; when she did, she heard an argument between her mother and one of the men, who then shot her mother in the leg.
The affidavit claims the men then began taking items from the house, including a television, but soon grew “disappointed” because there was no money in the house.
At that point, the affidavit says, some of the men took the mother to an ATM to get money.
While in the car on the way back, the mother was sexually assaulted.
The mother told police she tried to escape at one point during the home invasion but was “tackled” by one of the men and shot in the foot by another man, who told her, “Don’t do that again!” It’s not clear whether this was before or after she was taken to the ATM.
During the entire invasion and assault, the father was restrained in the bedroom. He told police he has a medical condition that requires him to wear braces on his legs and ankles and remained in bed during the incident while some of the men demanded money or car keys from him.
When the mother left the home, the remaining men became more violent. The affidavit alleges some of the men dragged the daughter around the house and repeatedly raped her.
Afterward, one of the men ordered the daughter to go with him to a bank to withdraw more money from an ATM, the affidavit says. She told police that man, about 25 years old, told her he attended North Central High School, the same school she had attended. But while “she did not believe she knew the male personally,” the affidavit says, “he just looked like a male she had previously known.”
The daughter later told police she could not describe many of the men involved in the crime because they “told her not to open her eyes or they would ‘shoot’ her,” the affidavit says.
The affidavit suggests that as many as six people — including Dupree, Pugh and Spells — were involved in the East 79th Street home invasion, but no other people have been arrested. Brown was charged in the Spring Mill Road case but not the East 79th Street case.
All of the men appear to have criminal records. Dupree has four prior felony convictions for robbery and criminal confinement for robbing four people at gunpoint on the Northwestside and served almost two years of a six-year sentence.
Pugh also has a prior felony robbery conviction and served almost three years of a six-year sentence. Both were released early through good-time credits and credits for completing a substance abuse program.
Indianapolis has become the Murder Capital of the Midwest for the third straight year, as our city/counties set another homicide record! So far this year, 147 homicides in the city/county, up from 141 in 1996; 124 in 1995 and 139 in 1994.
Ninety-nine African Americans have been murdered already this year, compared to 104 last year and 82 in 1995.
Indianapolis will have more murders this year than Cleveland, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St Louis and Columbus, Ohio; more than Memphis or Miami. This is a civic stain that must be cleansed!
Indianapolis' record murder rate caused Mayor Goldsmith and Indianapolis PoliceDepartment Chief Michael Zunk to declare another "war on crime." There'll be more cops on the street, a crackdown on repeat offenders and use of high tech crime fighting techniques. But it won't work unless IPD and the city gain our community's confidence.
It won't work with the mayor only discussing the problem with a "handpicked" group of community leaders. Cutting Indianapolis' murder rate from 150 to below 100 will require a herculean effort from a large broad based group of community leadership, professional, grassroots, civic, religious and business!
Reducing the city's homicide rate will require real attention and mutual trust between our neighborhoods and the Goldsmith Administration. That trust doesn't exist when lPD's spending more time arresting those selling bean pies than those selling narcotics!
The mayor must start regularly (not every six months or so) giving interviews with Black media and Black newspapers. Goldsmith must communicate his policies, however unpopular our community views them, DIRECTLY to our Black community!
Chief Zunk shouldn’t just meet with selected ministers and community leaders.He also needs to communicate his message through Black media. And IPD must build bridges with grassroots people and most importantly with the city's young Black adults 18 to 30!
IPD must listen to and respect our younger Black generation. IPD can't responsibly police unless they build trust with young Blacks; so they don't view IPD as a harassing, occupying army.
Black leadership must get out of their “ivory towers" and into the streets and build rapport and trust that same young Black generation. Also, Black leadership should demand that our Federal Government immediately commit substantial resources and manpower to run the drugs out of our community! Something is wrong when more people are murdered in Indianapolis than in Cleveland or St Louis.
And, most importantly, the black community in Indianapolis has taken no responsibility for the criminal refuse in its midst, still clinging to the idea outside forces (the federal government) have a duty to 'cleanse' any linger residue of slavery and white racism away.