By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
INDIANAPOLIS - While Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Bryan Roach says it's "concerning" that a baby's 19-year-old mother, Amber Robertson, didn't report the girl missing for a week, he said during a press conference today that she is not considered a suspect in the investigation.
However, he stated that Amber's boyfriend, Robert Lyons, 20, is a suspect and informed reporters that the case is now being investigated as a homicide.
Amiah Robertson,just 8-months-old,was last seen alive and well on March 9. Lyons reportedly told Amber that the child was left with her babysitter. The babysitter denies that report. Further investigation revealed that the baby was last seen in the 200 block of Holmes Avenue in Indianapolis.
Since then, 25 IMPD detectives and many others in the community continue to look for any clue on what might have happened to Amiah..
"Officers have responded to tips and assisted with searches over several districts and worked alongside community volunteers searching for Amiah. IMPD will continue to investigate until the case is resolved," Roach said.
Although Lyons is a suspect in the missing person's case, detectives are not actively searching for him, according to an IMPD press release. Infomation on Lyon's vehicle was provided.
"Detectives are urging anyone with information on Lyons movements between March 9 and and March 16, while he was driving a 1996 Maroon Isuzu Rodeo SUV, in poor condition, in the area near Mickley Avenue and Rockville Road on March 9, 2019 between 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or report tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 317.262.TIPS (8477)."
Roach noted that investigators,following up on a tip to search the Eagle Creek area, found items now confirmed to be related to Amiah's disappearance.
Assisting IMPD detectives in the ongoing investigation: The FBI, Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency, Indianapolis Fire Department and Marion County Prosecutors Office.
UPDATE 3/18/19: Suspect has been released from the hospital and arrested. The investigation is ongoing.
Craig R. Boradach, 49, Paris, Illinois, was booked into the Vermillion County Jail. He is charged with: Battery on law enforcement officer - Level 5 Felony; operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated/resulting in bodily injury -Level 6 Felony; and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated -Class A Misdemeanor.
Patrol Officer John Alkire, a three-and-half year veteran of the Clinton Police Department, is presently on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues, Sgt. Matt Ames said today.
VERMILLION COUNTY -An Indiana State Police investigation is underway after am officer involved shooting that seriously injured one in Clinton last night.
The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital and then flown to Methodist hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of gunshot wound - related injuries. A Clinton City police officer was also taken to the hospital and was treated and released for minor injuries.
ISP Sgt. Matt Ames said the shooting happened when the officer responded to the area of Hazelbluff Road, just east of SR 63, around 9 p.m. Dispatch had received two separate 911 calls of a possible intoxicated driver, driving all over the roadway.
The officer was able to locate the suspect in a pickup truck and attempted a traffic stop. After activating his emergency lights, the officer attempted to exit his vehicle when the suspect in the truck reportedly drove straight towards him.
"The subject continued driving towards the police vehicle, pinning the officer against the car. The officer then pulled out his duty weapon and shot at the driver, hitting him," Ames said.
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