BROWNSBURG — Three men police believe are responsible for 12 robberies in Marion County, were arrested in Brownsburg last Wednesday morning after allegedly robbing a restaurant there.
According to information from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Department (IMPD), members of the IMPD-FBI Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) were conducting surveillance on individuals believed to be responsible for 12 Marion County robberies, dating back to November 2013.
After about four hours of surveillance, the suspects left Marion County and made their way to Brownsburg. Detectives believe the presence of IMPD officers near a possible business target prevented the men from robbing an Indianapolis business, prompting them to head to Brownsburg.
Under the direction of IMPD Chief Rick Hite, not only has the IMPD been utilizing undercover investigative techniques, but extra patrols are being conducted around area businesses to prevent future robberies.
When the suspects entered Brownsburg, IMPD officers alerted the Brownsburg Police Department (BPD).
At about 12:30 a.m., a BPD officer received a text from a customer at the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant at 21 Maplehurst Dr. stating that the restaurant was being robbed.
Police say the three suspects — later identified as Darian Dowell, 21, Armand Fuller, 20, and Fletcher Greer, 21 — had entered through a back door and demanded money at the cash register. At least one of them was reported to have a handgun.
The customer who had sent the text to authorities was in the restaurant dining with his father when he noticed the robbery taking place. When the suspects went to the back of the restaurant, the two witnesses ran out the front door and got into their vehicle.
Police say Dowell, Fuller and Greer left the restaurant with about $700 in cash and a wallet.
Seeing them leave, the two witnesses followed in their own vehicle, calling authorities with a description of the vehicle and the location while they were driving down I-74 toward Pittsboro. Authorities quickly caught up with the suspect vehicle.