The men Indianapolis police are questioning about the Hovey Street killings have extensive police records, including crimes involving weapons, drugs and violence.
Police declined Friday to discuss developments in the investigation or provide any information about the men. But a check of records from Marion County law enforcement and courts, Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indiana Department of Correction reveals Tommy Warren, 24, Zarumin Coleman, 21, and Jasper Frazier, 36, have long histories of trouble with the law.
Warren and Coleman were taken into custody midweek on unrelated charges, and Frazier turned himself in to authorities in Ohio.
Police have confirmed the three were being questioned in the Monday slayings of Gina Hunt, 24; her son Jordan Hunt, 23 months; Andrea Yarrell, 24; and her daughter, Charlii Yarrell, 4 months.
Evans provides detailed summaries of the men's criminal records, including the following:
Warren has been named in more than two dozen police reports since 2001 and was taken into custody multiple times," Evans writes. "In November, a woman reported Warren pulled a semi-automatic handgun on her in the 2000 block of North LaSalle Street and took $290." "The police report indicates officers could not locate him."
Zarumin Coleman, Jr.
Coleman was sent to the Department of Correction on Nov. 12, 2002, on
Marion County convictions for possession of cocaine or narcotic drugs, dangerous possession of a handgun, and possession of a handgun without a license.
He was sent back to DOC on March 29, 2006, after being convicted of attempted robbery in Marion County. He was released Sept. 29, 2006.
Police reports show Coleman was 16 when he and another teen threatened two people at a Rally's restaurant on West 16th Street in June 2002.
Coleman and the other youth fled but were apprehended a short time later; the victims identified Coleman as the one who had pointed a gun at them, police said. In February 2005, he was arrested on charges of robbery, criminal confinement and intimidation in a dispute after he bought a used car. The report said Coleman and another man attempted to make the seller give back the money and took him to a bank to get the money.
Once inside the bank, the victim sought help and police arrived.
In January 2006, he was charged with possession of marijuana or hash, driving with a suspended license and failure to have proper headlamps after a traffic stop. The police report said Coleman was on probation at the time for auto theft.
A month later, he was charged with possession of marijuana and driving
while suspended after another traffic stop on the Near Northside.
Department of Correction records show he was sentenced May 10, 2002, for carrying a handgun without a license and released Sept. 30, 2003. He was sentenced to DOC again Nov. 11, 2006, for residential entry and released July 10, 2007. Both offenses occurred in St. Joseph County.
In Marion County, police reports show Frazier was arrested on a DWI charge in March 2006. And Jan. 1, police were called to Methodist Hospital, where a Mooresville woman told police Frazier punched her in the face and threw her to the ground. The woman identified Frazier as her on-again off-again boyfriend and said they had been drinking when he became violent.
Should anyone be surprised by Monday night's shooting deaths when people like this who commit multiple felonies are able to return to the streets so soon after committing crimes? On another note, I was listening this morning to Steve Simpson's radio talk show on WIBC when a caller called in to complain that IMPD brass had ordered that police escorts be furnished to the funeral procession today for Gina Hunt and her two-year-old child, Jordan. The caller complained that police escorts in funerals are only used for fallen police officers and dignitaries; other families are required to pay the cost of escorts out of their own pockets as part of the funeral costs. The person complained that police were inappropriately being used to escort "drug dealers" around town. If anyone knows more about this, please share it.