Man indicted on 22 counts related to robberies

Posted at 12:52 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 12:52:48-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man was indicted Wednesday on 22 counts related to robberies across the city.

Donnell Gilder, 22, was indicted on 11 counts of robbery, nine counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and two counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

U.S. Prosecutor Josh Minkler announced the indictment. 

“Protecting our neighborhoods from violent crime is a top priority in my office,” Minkler said. “Terrorizing this community with guns and violence will not be tolerated and those who do, will be arrested, prosecuted, and sent to federal prison.” 

Prosecutors believe Gilder robbed 10 Speedway gas stations and a Marsh supermarket between Feb. 29 and April 27.

He fired a handgun in two of these incidents.

Gilder was arrested on April 27, when he tried to rob a Speedway gas station on 71st Street. Police say the clerk saw him coming dressed in black and locked the door. He fired a shot at the window, breaking the glass.

Police also say he was driving away from the scene in a stolen vehicle. When police tried to stop him, he jumped out of the vehicle, which continued rolling and hit an IMPD vehicle. Police chased Gilder for a few more blocks and arrested him.

If convicted of all charges, Gilder faces a minimum of 260 years in prison.

“This investigation is an example of our renewed focus on targeting those individuals committing violent crime in Indianapolis,” IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said. “I would like to thank the officers and detectives who worked tirelessly to take this violent individual off of our streets. We are appreciative of the US Attorney’s Office for their partnership and willingness to prosecute these cases at the federal level.”