Rape of student, 14, prompts police warning

There are 20 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 23, 2007, titled Rape of student, 14, prompts police warning. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Police urged parents to take action to keep their children safe at school bus stops after a 14-year-old girl was abducted from one Friday and raped behind a vacant house on the Far Eastside.

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Fewer patrols to blame

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 24, 2007
Police warning to public should state: Former IPD officers are now spread too thin in the townships (covering the previously-250-officers-short MCSD) to effectively patrol its former inner-city IPD service district.

Early retirements, attrition, and officers leaving Indy for other departments... things will only get worse this summer when things REALLY heat up.

I pray for a speedy physical and emotional recovery (if that's possible) for this young girl. And I'm extremely concerned that incidents like this will be rampant in 2007, due largely to an absence of police officers in the neighborhoods.

Anyone reading this: PLEASE take care of yourselves and your kids. The cops' ability to do just that has been severely compromised since the merger.

Would this have happened in "pre-merger" Indy? Maybe... bad stuff happens all the time. But you can bet this kind of stuff will occur far more frequently now. The mayor's fuzzy-math will cover it up, too.
right on the mark

United States

#3 Mar 24, 2007
The above comment is right on it. We're in trouble.
Dennis_Daviess Co

United States

#4 Mar 24, 2007
Thanks to DST Way to go Danials are you Happy Now?
Dan Odle

United States

#5 Mar 24, 2007
Why should our children be waiting before dawn to get on a school bus. In my opion the time change that puts our children out waiting for a school bus before dawn or the school starting time is wrong. Although it could happen in daylight, I think it is more likely in the dark. The difference in day light and dark, think about it.
Mr Tall

Cincinnati, OH

#6 Mar 24, 2007
This had nothing to do with DST. Maybe the man on the moon but not DST.
Fed Up

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Mar 24, 2007
Thanks Bart. The police Department used to be able to do proactive police work now we are like the fire department or EMS ready to respond to the next call. Things need to change Mayor Peterson
the_ancient

Louisville, KY

#9 Mar 24, 2007
Mr Tall wrote:
This had nothing to do with DST. Maybe the man on the moon but not DST.
Before DST -> Sun Shine at 7AM
After DST -> Darkness allowing the Rapist Cover

Hmm, I would say DST claimed another Victim
Shirley Wardzi nski

San Francisco, CA

#10 Mar 24, 2007
A woman or a girl, standing alone in the dark is an easy target which is why DST has always worried parents. I have heard in other localties the suggestion that school days should start later as a precaution.
Teen Parent

United States

#11 Mar 24, 2007
This was a horrible tragedy for this young girl. What completely outrages me is how ANYONE could close the door on what was most definately a terrified crying girl pleading for help and safety. It is the responsibility of all parents, neighbors and for that matter humans beings to watch out for our children. Society needs to step up their game in helping to fight crime, especially this horrible one that happened to that child.
Mr Johnson

United States

#12 Mar 24, 2007
I'm curious why the Star article neglected to mention that, had we not enacted daylight saving time, this child would have been waiting for the bus AFTER dawn and while there was still light? Would that have made a difference? Who can for certain? But I do think it telling that we acknowledge a link between the amount of light and crime when putting up streetlights, but ignore the causality when passing legislation to start daylight saving time.
Bella

West Lafayette, IN

#13 Mar 24, 2007
The majority of us know DST didn't help, but don't bother arguing as the proponents will NEVER admit it. They're too busy out playing golf. Better to be daylight so the kids can run around longer in the evening instead of being home in bed at a decent dark hour.
The human filth that did this is why some people resort to inhuman thoughts of torture and revenge. It's really hard not to. I hope the community where this young lady lives supports her AND her family in every way possible for a very long time. This kind of violent, viscious attack on a child affects so many more people than imaginable. If you are fortunate never to have had a family member victimized by violence, you just don't know. Please pray for the young lady that she regains her confidence and turns a bitter experience into a better life. God love her.
Observer

Newberry, IN

#14 Mar 24, 2007
This did not happen because of DST, nor did it happen because of a police merger ... this happened because a predatory male saw an opportunity and took it. Place blame where it belongs - on the sick man who committed the crime.

Could this have happened if the sun was up? Yes. Could this have happened if the police had not merged? Yes. Could this have happened if the man was not sick? No.

My thoughts and prayers to this poor girl and her family ...
AAlley

Zephyrhills, FL

#15 Mar 24, 2007
My heart goes out to that young girl and her family. My prayers are with her.
USAF

AOL

#16 Mar 24, 2007
DST has been going on for years in other areas. Geez folks, quit whining about DST. That rapist is an animal and committed a horrible crime.
USAF

AOL

#17 Mar 24, 2007
the_ancient wrote:
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Before DST -> Sun Shine at 7AM
After DST -> Darkness allowing the Rapist Cover
Hmm, I would say DST claimed another Victim
I would say a criminal claimed another victim.
Reality Check

Peoria, IL

#18 Mar 24, 2007
Fed Up wrote:
Thanks Bart. The police Department used to be able to do proactive police work now we are like the fire department or EMS ready to respond to the next call. Things need to change Mayor Peterson
Can you please tell me what "proactive police work" is? That's the dumbest phrase I ever heard and I'm tired of it being used. Police are NOT proactive, they are REACTIVE! They do not respond to crimes until after they have already happened. Hate to break it to you buddy, but the police ARE just like the fire dept. and EMT. Chances are if this kid was on that corner at least one cop drove right by her.How could that cop have been proactive? Give me a break!
ben scrued

Summerville, SC

#19 Mar 24, 2007
This type of incident is going to continue to happen because the police merger is being horridly mismanaged by the mayor and sheriff. Reelect BART and then complain some more.
ANOTHER INDY MIKE

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Mar 24, 2007
Mr Johnson wrote:
I'm curious why the Star article neglected to mention that, had we not enacted daylight saving time, this child would have been waiting for the bus AFTER dawn and while there was still light? Would that have made a difference? Who can for certain? But I do think it telling that we acknowledge a link between the amount of light and crime when putting up streetlights, but ignore the causality when passing legislation to start daylight saving time.
because this did not have anything to do with dst. This incident could have happened a couple months ago before dst even kicked in.
Mitch Daniels

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Mar 24, 2007
DST to blame for a rape? How about blaming the rapist, or poverty, or drugs, or lack of social services, or sex abuse in the perp's life. I remember waiting in the dark for the bus BEFORE there was a time change.

Your mom's the bomb!
Impeach Dan Burton

AOL

#24 Mar 24, 2007
This is a horrible and this animal should be caged when caught, but whiy didn't the neighbors report the suspicious vehicle sooner? They said that the car had been cruising the street and watching the area for a while before the crime. Neighbors have got to get involved and help the police. That will do the most good, the police can't be everywhere.

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