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Police still looking for assault suspects

Friday, August 13, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- Police are looking for two men believed to have assaulted a woman Tuesday night.

A report from Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Robert Sibbitt said Sibbitt was dispatched just before 11 p.m. to investigate a report of battery and assault that had allegedly occurred at C.R. 500W and South Houck Bridge in Greencastle.

The alleged victim, a 25-year-old female, told officers she did not have a cell phone and fled to a residence on S. C.R. 200W to call for help after the attack.

When Sibbitt arrived at the residence, medics were already there treating the victim for injuries. Sibbitt called Deputy Mike Downing for back-up, and told Downing to try to locate the car the suspects had fled the attack scene in, which the victim described as a black Grand Am with a loud muffler. She also said there was a dark-colored bandana hanging from the vehicle's rearview mirror.

The alleged victim told police she was on her way to work in Brazil, and that when she approached Houck Bridge she noticed a vehicle stopped inside the bridge with its emergency hazard lights flashing.

Assuming the occupants of the vehicle were having car problems, the victim said she pulled into the bridge next to the vehicle, rolled down her window and "asked if everything was OK."

The victim said she observed a taller white male wearing a hat backwards in the driver's seat of the car and a smaller while male wearing blue jeans sitting in the passenger seat.

"(The victim) stated that the taller white male came to her driver's side window and stated that they were having problems and wanted to know if (the victim) had a flashlight," a case narrative said. "(The victim then released her seat belt and reached for a flashlight in the front passenger area of her vehicle."

At this point, the victim told police, the taller male grabbed her and pulled her from her car through the window. She said she was then thrown up against the suspects' car and punched in the right side of her face.

"They both had a hold of each other and (the victim) kept getting slapped in the face," the case narrative said. "The smaller white make, sometime during the struggle, made entry into (the victim's) vehicle and dumped her purse out, appearing to be looking to rob her."

Sibbiitt's report said the victim did manage to land one punch on her assailant before she was thrown across the bridge in front of her car.

The suspects then got back into their vehicle and fled eastbound toward Manhattan Road.

Because the victim had obvious injuries, she was transported from the residence to which she had fled to Putnam County Hospital. Sibbitt then "passed the information to Deputy Downing and the Clay County Sheriff's Department and to Detective Mike Biggs and his dispatch."

Sibbitt then went to the hospital to interview the victim. He took several photographs of the victim and a nurse collected DNA swabs from an abrasion on the victim's left hand and dried blood on her right hand. The swabs were then placed in an Indiana State Police suspect evidence collection kit.

The victim's car was towed to the Putnam County Jail, where it was secured and processed for evidence the Wednesday morning.

The victim was treated at PCH and released.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Doug Nally said although it is most people's first instinct to play good samaritan when they suspect a stranger is having trouble, it can often be dangerous to do so.

"If you're out driving and you see someone you think needs help, don't stop if you're alone," Nally said. "Call the police. We'll go check it out."

Anyone with information about the Aug. 10 incident at Houck Bridge should call the Putnam County Sheriff's Department at 653-3211.

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Thank god it is the sheriffs department and not greencastle police on the case. PCSD goes after the violent attacker, GPD would go after the victim.

-- Posted by BORNINPUTCO on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 10:34 AM


-- Posted by Michele1953 on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 4:28 PM

Since when is Houck Bridge a two lane bridge? According to the paper she pulled up next to the other car, not possible on the covered bridge!

-- Posted by Putnam County Raised on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 5:45 PM

PCSD is no better then GPD. Ask the residents that were being robbed out here on Manhatten Road!

-- Posted by Putnam County Raised on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 5:47 PM

If law enforcement is so bad in Putnam County...



Next time ya need help... call your local dope dealer, child molester or drunk driver.

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 10:36 PM

How does one pull up 'next to' a vehicle in Houck Bridge? How would there be room to pull a person out of the window? Why would someone 'on their way to work' in Brazil drive through Houck Bridge, rather than take Manhattan Rd. to 40?

-- Posted by chazm_vet on Sun, Aug 15, 2010, at 12:40 PM

Anyone think the victim's story is kinda strange? Something's not right here.

-- Posted by ttocs on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 2:15 PM

Seriously all you people are thinking about is how she pulled up next to someone!? Why don't you just read about what is going on so you can know what to look for!!

-- Posted by thinking4once on Tue, Aug 17, 2010, at 10:36 PM

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