IMPD Robbery Detectives Identify Carjacking Suspect From “Selfie” on Victim’s Phone

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Robbery Detectives identified a suspect for his alleged involvement in the November armed carjacking of a female.  The suspect has been arrested in Asheville, NC on unrelated charges.

On Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at 1013 hours, IMPD officers were dispatched to the Golden Living Center at 2860 S. Churchman Avenue on report of a carjacking.  The female victim was in her vehicle when the male suspect approached her driver’s side armed with a handgun and demanded she get out of the car or he would shoot her.  The male then stole the victim’s vehicle and fled the scene.  Inside the vehicle was the victim’s cell phone, which she was tracking.  Once the phone stopped moving, IMPD officers located the cell phone in the yard of a residence and returned the phone to the victim.  The victim later noticed that the carjacking suspect had inadvertently taken two “selfies” of himself on her phone.  Through further investigation and community tips submitted to IMPD, detectives identified the suspect as 30-year-old Dustin Curry and determined that he was possibly in North Carolina.  

Detectives contacted agencies in North Carolina to be on the lookout for Curry and the stolen vehicle.  On November 25th, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina notified IMPD detectives that Curry had been arrested after a vehicle pursuit in the victim’s stolen vehicle and that the vehicle had been recovered.  Curry is currently in custody in Asheville, North Carolina for multiple felonies.

A warrant has been issued for Curry for the carjacking in Indianapolis.  The Marion County Prosecutors Office (MCSO) will make all final charging decisions.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Theodore Brink at the IMPD Robbery Office at 317.327.3733 or e-mail him at Theodore.Brink@indy.gov

Alternatively, they can call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS) to remain anonymous.  Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest.  Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.

A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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