According to a news release from his team, Wallace was jumped by at least three men as he left a store in Broad Ripple. Earlier, those men had commented on his watch, a gift from a sponsor for winning his second career pole in June.
After being unsuccessful in robbing Wallace, the men fled.
A police report said officers became aware of the assault when they were flagged down by Kyle Cook, one of Wallace’s friends, at 62nd Street and Guilford Avenue about midnight Monday. Cook said he had gotten a phone call from Wallace’s cell phone, and the caller claimed that he was going to beat Wallace unless Cook went to 52nd Street and Keystone Avenue.
Wallace had left Broad Ripple and gone to the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort and Inn, according to the police report. Officers said they spoke to Wallace by phone, and he said he had been hit and kicked in the face by a man at 62nd and Guilford.Police went to 52nd and Keystone and found [Mark] Tharpe in a parking lot. Wallace was taken by officers to that lot, identified Tharpe as the man who allegedly assaulted him, and Tharpe was arrested.
A .40-caliber Ruger handgun, ammunition and $3,947 in cash were found in Tharpe’s car, which was towed by police.
Police said that Tharpe was shot and wounded in the right leg at 21st Street and Mitthoefer Road on Jan. 9.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Indy Not Even Safe For NASCAR Drivers
NASCAR Busch series driver Steve Wallace, 19, learned this week that the streets of Indianapolis are more dangerous than the race tracks he drives on every weekend. He was jumped by three men as he left a Broad Ripple convenience store early Monday morning. He finished 17th in this past weekend's Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Wallace drives for his father Rusty Wallace. The Star reports on the attack: