A jobless sex offender is dead after a struggle with a northside Indianapolis resident who found him near his teenage daughter’s room wearing nothing but a mask and latex gloves, police say.
About 3:20 a.m. this morning, Indianapolis metropolitan police were dispatched to a residence at the 3000 block of West 79th Street to check a reported home invasion. When they arrived, police said they found Robert McNally, 64, resident of the home, on the floor with his arms wrapped around the neck of an unresponsive David T. Meyers, 52.
Meyers, who police confirmed with family had a history of heart problems, was pronounced dead on the scene. They said a pending autopsy would determine if Meyers died of a possible heart attack or as a result of the choke hold.
Police said McNally will most likely not be arrested or charged in the incident.
“If a person breaks into your home, you are justified in using deadly force in defending your family,” said Sgt. Matthew Mount, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. “In this situation, I don’t think he was trying to kill him, he was trying to hold him down.”
McNally held Meyers down after answering his 17-year-old daughter’s scream for help. Police say Meyers gained access to the girl’s bedroom after sneaking in through a window near her room.
Police said Meyers also had rope, condoms and a knife with him, and that he had knowledge of the home’s layout because his uncle owned the property.
When reached by phone this afternoon, McNally was reluctant to comment and called the incident unfortunate.
“Nobody wins,” McNally said. “It’s a lose-lose situation for everybody. He has family also.”
He said his daughter was fine and went to church today after the ordeal. “She knew how to respond so she really alerted (us).” The Indianapolis Star generally does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
Meyers was a registered sex offender in Marion County and had been convicted in 1999 of criminal deviate conduct. He had been living with his mother for the last couple of years, the release said, and recently had lost his job.
Meyers also had served 10 years of a 20-year sentence for criminal confinement and sexual deviate conduct out of Hamilton County and was wanted in Boone County for failure to register as a sex offender, according to an IMPD release.
The homicide is under investigation and will be reviewed by a Marion County prosecutor.