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Drug-related robbery linked to triple homicide

Three residents of Indianapolis were found slain in a north side apartment on July 16. Few details of the incident have been released, but an affidavit recently filed in Marion County district court provides an overview of the possible violent crimes.

According to two women who were in the apartment at the time of the killings, two men entered the apartment to either purchase or steal drugs. One of the women heard one of the victims greet the two men as friends or acquaintances. The women allege that they heard gunshots soon after the two men entered the apartment. The women hid in one of the bedrooms. The occupant of this bedroom was known to keep marijuana in a safe. One of the women alleges that she saw a man holding a pistol enter the bedroom; the man, according to the woman, was an acquaintance of one of the victims.

When police arrived, witnesses said that they had seen two men running from the apartment. While police were searching the crime scene, they received a phone call stating that a 15-year-old male was being treated for a bullet wound at a nearby hospital. Witnesses also said that they observed two men run from the apartment and enter a silver or gray Honda; the driver appeared to be waiting for the two men. Police questioned the youth at the hospital, and he denied being involved in the crime. Police allege that the youth went to a friend's apartment to clean his wound and that the friend owned a silver or gray Honda. A search of the car revealed blood stains that allegedly belong to the 15-year-old. The youth was arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder and robbery.

About two weeks after the shootings, a person who claims to be a friend of the Honda owner told police that the man had admitted to being the driver in the triple homicide. The owner of the Honda has been charged with three counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. The third suspect is still at large. Prosecutors are still considering whether to charge the youngest suspect as an adult or a juvenile.

Source: IndyStar, "Hiding witnesses help Indianapolis police make arrests in triple homicide," Justin L. Mack, Oct. 20, 2017

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