VIGO COUNTY, Ind. — If the frantic female voice on the other end of the 911 call isn’t harrowing enough, the male victim who rounds out the emergency exchange brings chills to your spine and tears to the listener’s eyes.
“Someone just broke into our house with a gun,” the woman on the line manages to convey to the operator, fighting back an all-out sob episode that could only be indicative of sheer panic.
“They told us not to move, but they said they would be back! And I’m really scared,” she confesses.
The woman on the telephone is the girlfriend of victim Levi Bedwell, the man who rents the middle-class house in the 100 block of Halt Drive in southern Vigo County, and the victim who was, according to investigators, beaten, robbed, and threatened with his life right around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday as he and his girlfriend slept.
“One of the suspects became upset with and began pistol-whipping Mr. Bedwell — struck him in his face and head with the handgun, threatened to shoot him,” said Clark Cottom, chief deputy with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
Cottom says the two white male intruders are believed to be in their 20s, and driving a light-colored, mid-sized family sedan, likely 4-door; possibly a Dodge of some model.
Cottom added that a tell-tale sign, that should make the two men’s getaway car stand out, could be a shotgun blast victim Bedwell managed to fire off as the two suspects sped away. Bedwell admits in his 911 call that he fired one round from his .20-gauge shotgun into the suspects’ passenger-side window, or door panel, from just outside his house that fateful night.
“Would you please inform the officers that I have a shotgun? But I just did it to save us! That’s all I have in this house! I was so scared! I didn’t know what to do,” Bedwell confesses to the 911 operator, quite tearful himself.
The sheriff’s department is continuing to interview neighbors, potential witnesses, and the couple themselves for details in the bizarre case.
Additionally, investigators say tips from the general public can be called in anonymously by dialing the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 2-3-8 – “STOP;” or, sheriff’s detectives can be dialed directly at (812) 462 – 3226.