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Indy man, 2 juveniles accused of armed robbery

Courier-Times Staff Report

An Indianapolis man remained in jail Thursday afternoon for allegedly robbing a New Castle cell phone store at gunpoint.

New Castle police arrested Christopher Allen Hendren Jr., 20, and two juveniles around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday shortly after receiving a 911 call from a cell phone store in the 1000 block of S. Memorial Drive.

According to police records, New Castle officers responded to the cell phone store around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday for a reported armed robbery.

While officers were en route to the store, a second 911 call came in of two black males running behind the store with a gun. According to the report, the caller said the subjects fled in a black Cadillac Eldorado after dropping a bag containing cellular phones.

A New Castle Police Department unit continued to the cell phone store to determine if any of the employees were injured, while other officers headed south on Ind. 3 to intercept the vehicle.

The officer at the store reported finding two employees who were “visibly upset and shaking.”

According to the report, the employees described two black males, one who may have been an adult and one who appeared to be a young teenager.

The older suspected allegedly held a gun to the back of one of the employees and ordered them to open the store’s safe. The subject also allegedly held the gun to an employee’s head and demanded iPhones.

According to the police documents, both employees cooperated out of fear they would be shot.

After the store employees opened the safe, the two males allegedly began putting phones in a bag before fleeing the store.

According to New Castle police, the suspects had also stolen a tracking device from the safe.

NCPD was able to receive real-time location information from the tracking device. Security footage from the store also reportedly provided an exact clothing description, handgun description and chain of events from the alleged robbery.

At the same time, a New Castle patrol unit radioed they were in pursuit of a black Cadillac Eldorado southbound on Ind. 3, just south of Riley Road.

A vehicle stop was conducted by multiple officers at the intersection of Ind. 3 and Blue River Road.

According police records, the tracking device information showed it had stopped at Ind. 3 and Blue River Road at the same time.

Officers reported two wallets and multiple iPhones in original packaging in plain view inside the vehicle.

Hendren was allegedly driving the car. There were also two juveniles in the vehicle, according to police records.

All three were taken into custody.

Hendren and the two juveniles were arrested and preliminarily charged with Level 3 felony robbery, Level 3 felony criminal confinement and Level 5 felony intimidation.

NCPD contacted the legal guardians of the juveniles, who made their way to New Castle. According to the police report, detectives interviewed the juveniles in the presence of their legal guardians.

NCPD obtained a search warrant for the Cadillac Eldorado and reportedly found multiple cell phones in boxes from the store, the merchandise tracker, the wallets of the store employees and “two items resembling handguns.”

New Castle investigators also reportedly photographed and collected a bag of cell phones from a neighboring yard.

Officers also reported finding a small amount of marijuana and an Ecstasy pill on Hendren.

Hendren was preliminarily charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

According to court records, Hendren had a previous 2018 conviction in Marion County for carrying a handgun without a license. Those records indicate Hendren had been given probation, which was revoked in February of this year.

Henry County Prosecutor Joe Bergacs filed formal charges Thursday afternoon against Hendren. No initial trial date had been set as of press time.