Coroner probes robbery suspect’s death

May 31, 2011

Marion County’s coroner is investigating the death of a robbery suspect who died shortly after being taken into custody by Indianapolis police Sunday night.  Police say 43-year-old Roy McDowell and another man robbed Judge's BBQ near West Michigan Street and Belmont Avenue on the near-west side about 8 p.m. Sunday. After stealing about $100 in cash, the two suspects ran off. After a short foot chase, police say officers caught up with McDowell a couple blocks away. Officers said McDowell resisted arrest before they were able to get handcuffs on him. The suspect requested medical help and was taken to Wishard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Some neighborhood witnesses say police used excessive force in capturing McDowell.