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Bandits Pick Wrong Victim

February 17, 1987

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Two men tried to rob a woman at a car wash but wound up being chased by their intended victim: a U.S. Secret Service agent armed with a high-caliber handgun, a detective said.

The pair fled on foot but were caught minutes later by Marion County sheriff’s deputies, said Detective Sgt. Michael L. Kouns, an investigator with the sheriff’s department.

″They just picked a victim and ... ’Surprise 3/8‴ Kouns said.

The agent, Carol L. Marks, was cleaning her car shortly before 2 p.m. when the two men drove into the car-wash bay next to hers in a Jeep, Kouns said.

One of the two got out of the car, approached Marks, pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse, the detective said.

″She reached in the car. As she reached for the purse, he tried to push her away,″ Kouns said. Marks and the bandit grabbed for the purse. The robber came away with her wallet, but Marks pulled out a .357-caliber Magnum handgun, he said.

The men tried to flee in their Jeep, but smashed into a post, so they jumped out and ran, police said.

After Marks phoned police, deputies found two men matching the robbers’ descriptions walking behind a nearby business, Kouns said.

Charles Hunter, 24, of Indianapolis and Robert Henson, 19, hometown unknown, were held on preliminary charges of attempted robbery, criminal recklessness, firearms violations and auto theft.

The Jeep was reported stolen earlier Monday, Kouns said. Marks’ wallet and a .38-caliber handgun used during the robbery attempt were found inside the vehicle.

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