Zionsville Times Sentinel

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August 7, 2013

Zionsville teens robbed at gunpoint

A Zionsville man faces two felony charges after he allegedly robbed two Zionsville teens at gunpoint in the heart of the town’s Village district.

The two teens, a 16-year-old male and Patrick Rose, 18, were in the area of Sixth and Sycamore streets shortly before midnight Wednesday, July 31. Zionsville Police Det. Josh Samuelson said that’s when Robert P. Sanchez, 44, of Zionsville, pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and demanded their money.

Samuelson said the teens knew Sanchez from “seeing him around town” and that officers knew him from previous calls. Samuelson said the teens met Sanchez, and another man identified in court records as Josh, earlier that evening at a local gas station. Samuelson said Rose and the juvenile didn’t live in the neighborhood, and it was under investigation why they were there.

Court documents say the teens saw Sanchez get out of a white sedan. They said Sanchez came up to them, pointed the gun in the juvenile’s face first, then at Rose’s neck, taking $45 from the juvenile and $250 from Rose. Sanchez then walked down Sycamore Street where he either was picked up or fled the scene.

Police obtained a search warrant for Sanchez’s home in the 6000 block of Vickie Lane. Samuelson said police didn’t find the gun in his home, but had enough probable cause from the victims’ account of the incident to arrest Sanchez. Samuelson said police are looking into the possibility that another suspect was involved.

“I don’t think there’s any reason for people to expect this to be a regular thing in the Village,” Samuelson said. “We believe this is an isolated incident. We don’t think they were chosen at random.”

Samuelson said it was still under investigation whether or not drugs were involved, but he said no charges were expected to be filed against the teens.

Police were called to Sanchez’s home in June after he was reportedly sending suicidal texts and threatening law enforcement. At that time, he was taken to the St. Vincent Stress Center.

Sanchez is being held at the Boone County Jail with a $50,000 bond and faces a trial date of 9 a.m. Nov. 6. He faces a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted of the two Class B felony charges.

The Lebanon Police Department, Zionsville Fire Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone County Special Response Team assisted Zionsville police.


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