INDIANAPOLIS -- Authorities held a man on murder and robbery charges Monday in the slaying of another man during an apparent robbery attempt on a city-operated golf course.
James Lee Sears, 22, was held on charges of murder and robbery following his arrest late Sunday about 30 miles away in Pendleton. Madison County police nabbed Sears after his female companion told a fast-food restaurant employee she had been kidnapped.
Wilbur L. Colen Jr., 69, of Indianapolis, was shot to death Sunday on the Coffin Golf Course as Sears allegedly struggled with one of Colen's companions.
Police said Colen's two companions told them a man first approached them at the fourth hole and asked for a light. When nobody produced a light, the assailant walked away but returned a few minutes later and pointed a pistol at the golfers.
He then allegedly demanded their wallets and threatened to 'blow your heads off,' police said. One victim, Joseph Shevenell, handed over his wallet, but the others had no wallets with them. Police said one of the golfers, Jon D. Bewley, 29, the husband of Colen's granddaughter, grabbed for the gun and told the other two to run.
Shevenell fled but Colen stood nearby during the struggle. Bewley then ran screaming for help.
Police said Sears fledto the nearby home of his girlfriend, Jamie Swanson.
Swanson later told police Sears took her and their 2-year-old son to a restaurant. After the meal, Sears told her 'to start driving and get out of town because I shot somebody,' Indianapolis homicide Detective Steven R. Guthier said.
Swanson reportedly waited until they got near Pendleton to say she needed milk for the child. While inside a fast-food restaurant, she alerted an employee who called police.
When Sears was arrested at the restaurant, he had a .38-caliber handgun and the wallet of one of the robbery victims containing $2, Guthier said.