Fishers man accused of breaking into father’s home, beating him with gun

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A Fishers man was arrested March 5 after allegedly breaking into his father’s Carmel home, threatening to kill him and beating him with a gun.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Richard Nicholas “Nick” Atwell, 38, forced his way through a locked door at the home in the 10200 block of Westfield Blvd., demanded money from his father, Richard Atwell, and repeatedly threatened to kill him. The father told police his son hit him in the jaw and face multiple times with a handgun and that he offered to give his son $510, throwing it out a side door.

The father told police that his son then pointed his gun at him and told him to lie on the ground, the affidavit states. He said after he did so that his son kicked him in the stomach and stomped on his head. The father heard the gun fire before his son fled the house.

Police responded to the call at approximately 11:40 p.m. March 4 after the younger Atwell allegedly fled the scene. Investigators found a bullet hole in the back of the couch and an empty handgun casing on the floor. They also discovered $510 in the driveway and in bushes near the side door.

Richard Nicholas Atwell was arrested and booked into the Morgan County Jail. He is facing 10 Hamilton County charges, including burglary with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and domestic battery.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. Criminal Investigation Division at 317-571-2551 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.


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