Rape of student, 14, prompts police warning

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. Full Story
John

Indianapolis, IN

#73 Mar 24, 2007
I don't blame the time zone at all for this, but the real problem with children waiting for bus in the morning is the fact that we're in the wrong time zone. It's not DST's fault.

We've been putting our children out in the dark for decades because we're on Eastern instead of Central. Geographically, we're definitely misplaced.

If you want to urge the government to do something, urge them to put us on Central.

Since: Jan 07

Greenfield

#74 Mar 24, 2007
I wonder how much the warmer weather between January's single digits and the weather we have now played into this tragedy. Seems like it would also make a difference, dark warm, and early, bad for our childeren, good for the pervert!!
INDY

Pleasant Prairie, WI

#75 Mar 24, 2007
DUD....WHERE IS OUR GREAT IMPD
AT MAYOR PETERSON. THIS CITY IS
GETTING WORSE IN CRIME...WHO WOULD
WANT TO COME AND LIVE IN INDY WITH
OUR CRIME RATE...
Missy

United States

#76 Mar 24, 2007
I pray for this young girl and her family. Even without the police merger, these horrible crimes are still going to continue. I wish people would get off their political platforms when something of this nature occurs. Yes, it would be nice to have a police vehicle parked at every bus stop but unfortunately, if a crime occurs somewhere else when they were stationed at the bus stops, then you would be on here still complaining the police were not where you thought they should be. As I understand about this neighborhood by the article and the posters on here, this was not a safe place to begin with. I would never allow my child, no matter what age, to stand alone, in the dark waiting for a bus without me being there or watching until she was safely on the bus. I just wonder where the parents were when this happended.
What

Shepherdsville, KY

#77 Mar 24, 2007
Dennis_Daviess Co wrote:
Thanks to DST Way to go Danials are you Happy Now?
Are you one of those blubbering DST fools!?
Blameing DST for this?
Don't you think it would be easier for a piece of s*** rapist to grab a victim when it isn't daylight!?
Get an education and then come back and comment on something intelligent!
Parents

Shepherdsville, KY

#78 Mar 24, 2007
Why oh why in this degenerate, dang near Sodom and Gomorah conditions world of ours would any parent let a kid wait unsupervised at a bus stop, let alone in current slime crime inner-city Indianapolis?
I feel for the victim and the family, and I would think lesson learned. But how many other parents will learn and adjust from this incident? Those who are wise hopefully will.

Also, the slime crime in Indinapolis is not Barts fault, not DST fault, not Dubyas' fault, not the fault of the police merger, not Mitchs' fault (I don't like him either), but once again, PARENTS! Period!
what if

AOL

#79 Mar 24, 2007
You know follks, the real culprit here are lawmkers and judges. I am sure, when caught, you will see, that this is not the rapists first rodeo. It is a given that these rapists and child predators are not capable of rehabilitation. WHY then do our judges keep putting them back on the street? CHANGE THE LAWS IMMEDIATELY to protect our children. If our elected officials cannot or wil not do this, then VOTE IN SOMEONE WHO WILL. The ball is now in your court. Play to win!!!
Fewer patrols to blame

Indianapolis, IN

#82 Mar 24, 2007
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text> 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!
Stopping a car for not using its turn signal and then discovering the driver is carrying an illegal gun and wanted on a warrant for rape.

Getting out of the police car to interview a group of thugs on the corner, only to find one of them in possession of cocaine, in individually wrapped baggies, and another carrying a stolen gun.

Removing abandoned vehicles from in front of your house.

Checking vacant houses for signs of drug use, vagrants, or sexual activity. Getting that house boarded-up.

Serving arrest warrants on violent offenders.

Running license plate checks to check for stolen cars.

These are all examples of "proactive" police work that, when done often, ABSOLUTELY result in fewer 911 calls for rapes, shootings, home invasions.

And I'm sorry to report, we just don't have time anymore, since the merger.

But you keep defending the mayor and his decisions that led to this. Re-elect him. We'll try to keep up with runs, but proactive police work is now a thing of the past.

And that doesn't have a damn thing to do with out paychecks.
MrsBiskit

Rushville, IN

#83 Mar 24, 2007
First of all my family prays for this girl and her family that she can
live a happy healthy life. Unfortunately this is going to keep happening every day to more innocent victims. The only hope we have is that the laws get changed. If we made a few examples out of child molesters,rapist and murderers we would see change. It would only take a couple of times for them to see what will happen if they commit these crimes and the crime rate would drop. The police should not be blamed for this or DST. I can remember our neighbor lady had her house painted and one of the thugs painting fixed one of her windows so he could get in. The next morning he entered raped her and was gone. There was only one house in between hers and ours my husband at the time was a policeman with his car sitting right there in plain view. Crime is going to happen no matter where you live and no matter how many police are on patrol.
We have to get smart and do what we can to protect our families and neighborhoods. Read your bible it tells you what you need to know. Take the precautions you can and pray to God. This is only the beginning;it will get worse. God Bless you and yours and Have a nice day!
poor kid

Indianapolis, IN

#84 Mar 24, 2007
Just sayin wrote:
<quoted text> You really think the lack of daylight had something to do with this? The aminal that did this would attack anytime of day or night.
Actually yes your right but most sex-offenders attack during the dark hours because they know someone is more likely to see them but you are correct he could have done it in the light or the dark what really needs to happen is someone needs to chop it off stick it down his throat and sew his mouth shut
Fatty Arbuckle

United States

#85 Mar 24, 2007
Get off the DST rant, people. This type of crime is predatory, not premeditated. The lowlife slimebag saw a vulnerable victim and attacked. It could have happened at any time of the day. Maybe some precautions could have been taken, but blame and responsibility rest soley with the perp. If you want to prevent these crimes, stop putting habitual offenders back out on the street. Watch the papers. When they do catch the lowlife who did this, you'll see the usual long list of priors.
poor kid

Indianapolis, IN

#86 Mar 24, 2007
If you don't know how to find out how many sex offenders are in your neighborhoods go to http://www.insor.org/insasoweb

“END THE FED!”

Since: Feb 07

DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!

#87 Mar 24, 2007
Teen Parent wrote:
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.
I felt completely outraged when I read yesterday, that the woman closed the door on a naked, bleeding child!!!
I don't care what the danger to me; (would've been the last thought to cross my mind), if presented with another human being,(ESPECIALLY a child!) in danger, injured, or in need of my help, I would do whatever was needed of me. If I am going to suffer harm, let it be while I am helping or saving another, there are worse ways to die.
That woman is a coward.
"A coward suffers a thousand deaths, the hero only one."

(was that in For Whom the Bell Tolls? I can't remember, was it Crane?"

“END THE FED!”

Since: Feb 07

DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!

#88 Mar 24, 2007
I forgot to add, that I believe most people would react the same as I.
BartBert

Indianapolis, IN

#89 Mar 24, 2007
INDY wrote:
DUD....WHERE IS OUR GREAT IMPD
AT MAYOR PETERSON. THIS CITY IS
GETTING WORSE IN CRIME...WHO WOULD
WANT TO COME AND LIVE IN INDY WITH
OUR CRIME RATE...
But, Gosh don't we have a dandy football statium???
Homey

Carmel, IN

#90 Mar 24, 2007
JRB wrote:
<quoted text>I know the neighborhood that this took place in and you don't answer your door for anything. I wouldn't put it past some thugs over there to have their girlfriend or sister to get naked and pose as a rape victim just to get in someones house to rob them.
I agree, sad but true. The woman did call the police. That's the way it is folks.
The Shadow

Carmel, IN

#91 Mar 24, 2007
WOW wrote:
Police said the attacker was a black man, about 5-foot-9, wearing dark pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt. He was driving a white car, possibly four-door.
Wow! an accurate deccription of this predator from the Indianapolis Star!
It is surprising. WTHR gave description this morning but omitted race. Don't want to make anyone mad you know, don't want to eliminate 80% of the suspects you know, don't want to use common sense you know. Thanks WTHR. I consider you WTHR an accessory to crime.
Why NoDescription

Mansfield, OH

#92 Mar 24, 2007
So now the Indy Star is back to NOT having a description of the rapist in the story anymore.

Yet by having this description available as soon as possible, while people's memories are still fresh, somebody might have seen this man in the vicinity, and could offer some kind of additional info about him.

Why does the Indy Star not want to do EVERYTHING they can to help apprehend this criminal?
Which they do when they write a story that leaves the MOST IMPORTANT information out.
Concerned Citizen

Carmel, IN

#93 Mar 24, 2007
That is absolutely horrible! We're living in a day and time when one can't even wait on a bus stop w/out being violated or bothered!
This is definitely a time to pray...watch as well as pray.
Kim

Girard, OH

#94 Mar 24, 2007
wow- pay more taxes wrote:
SO WHAT IF TOWNSHIPS HAVE MORE PATROLS!! WE PAY HIGHER TAXES . SO GET OFF THE WOAS ME AND GET A GOOD JOB AND YOU TOO WILL HAVE A SAFER COMMUNITY!! AND ISNT THIS ABOUT A LITTLE GIRL WHOS PARENTS OBVIOUSLY DONT KNOW THAT IN TODAYS WORLD YOU DONT LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN OUT ALONE IN THE DARK!!EVEN IF THEY WERE WORKING THEY SHOULD HAVE A NEIGHBOR LOOK OUT FOR THEIR DAUGHTER!!AND IM SURE THAT THEY WISH THEY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT THEN.BUT JUST WATCH HOW QUICK THEY GET A SITTER NOW!! A LITTLE LATE !!
In case you didn't know, the "caps lock" key is just to the left of the "a" on the keyboard, use it. And you claiming to be so privileged in the township, wake up dimwit, crime happens there also. There is a 14 year old girl who needs our prayers and all you can do is try to talk down to her and her parents. I have lived in the suburbs most of my life and feel no safer there, than I do in the inner city. You are intitled to your opinion, sure, but opinions are like @ssholes... we all have 'em and most of them stink!! So stay in your "township" and that will be one less moron in the city!!

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