April 4, 2003, Indianapolis Star Article


Marshals Hunt Man Accused of Attacks

April 4, 2003
Armed 23-year-old allegedly confronted women as they were going into their homes.

By Tom Spalding
tom.spalding@indystar.com
April 4, 2003

Federal marshals are hunting for an Indianapolis man accused of attacking women at gunpoint as they enter their homes.

Authorities consider Gregory Jacob, 23, armed and dangerous and are asking for the public's help in finding him.

Jacob walked out of a Marion County courtroom Tuesday -- he'd asked to take a bathroom break -- in the middle of a jury trial in which he was later convicted of five offenses, including two counts of criminal confinement.

Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana released Jacob's photo Thursday, and a warrant was placed by the U. S. Marshals Service's fugitive task force. The Marion County Sheriff's Department, which arrested Jacob last year, is also part of the team.

Authorities released two bits of helpful information: Jacob is recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm; and he has a twin brother, so people should be careful not to confuse the two.

Court papers accuse Jacob of using a handgun on April 20 to confront a woman in her apartment hallway, pull her outside and force her to perform a sex act. He attempted to harm another woman the same day and again on June 10 but was thwarted, records show. No locations were given for the offenses, which occurred in Indianapolis.

Jacob was caught after he was shot by one victim's boyfriend, who heard her cry for help. Medical staff alerted authorities, who arrested Jacob.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 1-317-262-TIPS.

Call Star reporter Tom Spalding at 1-317-327-7939.