Man arrested hours after shooting, armed robbery in city’s east end

David Gay and Jesse Wells

18 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS — A 24-year-old man was arrested less than three hours after a reported shooting and armed robbery in east Indianapolis Tuesday.

Police credit the victim’s cooperation, as well as the presence of police on the scene, for the failure of the case.

A man knocked on the front door of an East Side home Tuesday night and claimed he was owed money for a riding lawn mower and in return tried to steal the victim’s black scooter at gunpoint.

After refusing to hand over the scooter, the victim was shot four times in the leg and ran to 21st and Ritter where he flagged down a Marion County sheriff’s deputy for help.

While still bleeding from the leg, the victim immediately told police he had been shot by Brendan Bodie, 24.

“This is a perfect example of how quickly arrests can be made when people cooperate,” said IMPD Officer Amanda Hibschman.

Because police were familiar with the area and had had several previous run-ins with the accused shooter, they quickly knew who they were looking for and within minutes had surrounded the suspects’ home on East 22nd Street.

“This is all possible with the cooperation of the victim and it’s good old-fashioned police work,” Hibschman said.

For years, IMPD has stressed that neighborhood policing, which involves regularly working the same neighborhoods and getting to know the people on your patrol, helps them solve crimes. They say this case illustrates that point.

“It allows our agents to fill some gaps in the community and create better partnerships,” Hibschman said.

When police arrived at the suspect’s home, they said Bodie had been hiding inside for several hours.

IMPD SWAT officers eventually entered and found the suspect hiding in the attic.

Ultimately, police say, a minor dispute over money should never escalate into violence.

“People need to try to de-escalate their conflicts a little bit more,” Hibschman said. “Guns and violence are not the answer.”

Bodie previously made headlines in 2018 when he was arrested and charged with stealing a Greenfield officer’s patrol rifle.

According to the Greenfield Police Department, someone broke into an officer’s patrol car while it was parked in front of the officer’s home.

Bodie eventually pleaded guilty to firearm theft in the case.

Since then, he has been charged with various other crimes in Marion and Johnson counties.

The suspect is currently in jail for robbery, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of weapons.

Ultimately, it will be up to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office to file formal charges in the case.