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IMPD car hit by bricks thrown off Madison Avenue railroad bridge

Incident is at least the 4th in the area this year
Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 16:57:23-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- For months, south side residents have complained about juveniles throwing rocks, tires and other objects off a bridge over Madison Avenue. Over the weekend, the vandals hit another victim: An IMPD patrol car.

The officer was driving the marked vehicle in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue where a railroad passes over the road when he saw two suspects throwing bricks and rocks off the bridge.

The objects struck the officer's cruiser, damaging the roof and breaking the windshield.

The officer was not injured by the falling objects.

No arrests were made, and no detailed description of the suspects was available.

The incident is just the latest in a string of rock-throwing complaints along Madison Avenue at the railroad overpass and the Raymond Street bridge a few blocks south.

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In February, two suspects caused an estimated $1,500-worth of damage by throwing rocks and tires at cars off the Raymond Street bridge.

In April, 60-year-old Debora Zimmerman told police she was traveling southbound on Madison Avenue when she heard a "loud explosion." She pulled over and discovered a large object had struck her car, doing significant damage.

Other victims on the same date told police they saw two children throwing rocks and other objects off the Raymond Street bridge.

Last month, police arrested two juveniles – a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old – on multiple charges of criminal recklessness in connection with rock throwing incidents at the railroad overpass on Madison Avenue.

It wasn't immediately clear whether those juveniles were suspect in the latest incident.

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