Monday, November 23, 2015

18-Year Old Charged In Amanda Blackburn Rape And Murder

Larry Taylor and Jalen Watson
Larry Taylor (left) and Jalen Watson (right)
The investigation of a deadly home invasion in a northwest side Indianapolis home less than two weeks ago that garnered international attention has now produced its first arrest. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has arrested 18-year old Larry Taylor on preliminary charges of sexual assault and murder in connection with the murder of Amanda Blackburn according to Fox 59 News. Taylor is one of four young men police questioned last week in connection with the murder, three of whom are now in police custody.

According to Fox 59 News, Taylor had been released last week after being taken into custody for questioning in the Blackburn murder. Two other men questioned last week are also in police custody on parole violations facing charges in connection with a recent crime spree police say the trio committed, including Jalen Watson (21) and Diano Gordon (24). All three are expected to be charged on unrelated burglary charges, including a rape that took place during a recent home invasion at Westlake Apartments. The three suspects were living at Westlake Apartments where they allegedly committed a rape and robbery until recently moving into an address on San Clemente Drive where police say surveillance cameras captured two of the suspects burglarizing another apartment.

Detectives believe the three men entered the Blackburn home, which was unlocked, shortly after Amanda Blackburn's husband, Davey Blackburn, left the home to go to the gym. The men allegedly confronted Blackburn upon entering the home. The young men are also believed to have burglarized a home two doors down from the Blackburn home shortly before entering the Blackburn home. The men left the home shortly before Davey Blackburn returned home from the gym at 8:30 a.m. by which point police had already responded to the break-in at the neighbor's home. A fourth person with knowledge of the crimes initially questioned by police has been released.

According to Fox 59 News, two of the suspects left Blackburn's home with her ATM card while Taylor remained behind to rape and kill Blackburn. A neighbor's surveillance camera captured one of the suspects, presumably Taylor, leaving the Blackburn home. Police early on ruled out Blackburn's husband, a pastor at the Resonate Church the couple helped found after moving to Indianapolis a few years ago from South Carolina. Blackburn, who gave multiple national interviews last week about his wife's killing, was ruled out early on as a suspect in the case.

IMPD released the following statement from Chief Rick Hite regarding the investigation:
"We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime. All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not an option," IMPD Chief Rick Hite said in a statement. "Our detectives have worked tirelessly going days without sleep to solve murders in our city. With the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler and Prosecutor Terry Curry justice will be done!"
Earlier this month, Susie Gilley, a resident of Westlake Apartments where the accused men lived until recently, complained to WRTV about the lack of security at the apartment complex owned by Flaherty & Collins in the wake of recent crimes, including the rape and robbery of a 21-year old resident earlier this month. Three days after being interviewed by WRTV, Gilley returned home to her apartment with her husband to find her apartment had been burglarized. Her TVs, laptop and class ring were gone. "I came back home, my front door was open," she said. "My whole life had changed. "I have not slept since then. I just feel like I have been deprived of everything."

UPDATE: Davey Blackburn released the following statement on news of the arrests:
Though it does not undo the pain we are feeling, I was extremely relieved to get the news of the arrest made last night of Amanda’s killer. The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited. The family and I couldn’t be more thankful for the level of compassion and professionalism the IMPD and investigators have shown us through the last couple of weeks. My hope is for 3 things in the weeks and months to come: 
(1) That the court system would have wisdom on how to prosecute this man, so that no one else endures the pain Amanda and our family have had to endure because of his actions. 
(2) That through all of this and although there will be great consequences for his actions, he would become truly sorry for what he has done and would even begin to experience the life-transforming power of the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ. 
(3) That Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness. 
Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope. If there is one thing I’ve learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it’s this: Choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life. Today I am deciding to love, not hate. Today I am deciding to extend forgiveness, not bitterness. Today I am deciding to hope, not despair. By Jesus’ power at work within us, the best is STILL yet to come. Even when I don’t see it, I believe it to be true.
UPDATE II: An observant Advance Indiana reader asks how Taylor, Watson and Gordan could be responsible for the Blackburn home invasion and murder if they were also responsible for a home invasion in the 5700 block of San Clemente Drive that occurred at the exact same time on the morning of November 10. I'm looking at a Fox 59 News report from November 11 describing a home break-in that occurred at 5:30 a.m. that Tuesday morning involving at least three suspects while the home's resident and her two daughters were still sleeping. "According to police, several suspects broke into a home in the 5700 block of San Clemente Drive around 5:30 Tuesday morning while the residents slept," the Fox 59 News report reads. The victim' Chrysler Sebring car, credit cards, computer and cell phone were stolen. "They came in through a patio door," said the home's owner, Jacola Searsbrook. The apartment complex, Cottages of Fall Creek, had experienced a half dozen break-ins during the past month according to the report. Police released surveillance video that caught the intruders during the break-in. One of the suspects shown in the surveillance camera image is dressed just like the one of the suspects in the Blackburn murder surveillance image released by IMPD.
Surveillance image from the Cottages of Fall Creek Apartments break-in on November 11

Now here's what Fox 59 News is reporting today regarding the suspects' connection to the Cottage at Fall Creek apartments where they were now living after moving out of the Westlake Apartments:
Authorities said the men referred to themselves as “The Kill Gang.”
Detectives have collected evidence linking the trio to a previous rape and robbery at the Westlake Apartments, where the suspects were living until early November, sources say. The men then moved to an address on San Clemente Drive, where detectives believe two of the suspects were captured on a surveillance video burglarizing a neighbor’s apartment. A silver Chrysler Sebring was stolen from that location. Investigators later found DNA linking the suspects to that case.
The trio will also be charged with a burglary that occurred earlier that day near the Blackburn’s home. Surveillance video shows at least one of the suspects in that community around the time of the burglary.
Now a police report for the break-in at the home a few doors down from the Blackburn home indicates that break-in occurred at 5:30 a.m. and reported by the home's owner on November 10 at 9:12 a.m. That home is located at 2830 Sunnyfield Court in the same subdivision of the Blackburn home. Patrol officers Elise Torres and Jon Walls said the homeowner, Alison Becker, came home to find her home burglarized and items taken from it, including TVs, computers and jewelry. The Blackburns' home is located at 2812 Sunnyfield Court, which is on a cul-de-sac where Sunnyfield Court comes to a dead end just a few houses down the street from Becker's home. News reports indicate Davey Blackburn left his home at 6:10 a.m. to go to the gym. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots at 6:45 a.m. and later saw a dark-colored SUV speeding away from the scene. Davey returned home at around 8:30 a.m. to discover his wife shot in the head. Perhaps Fox 59 News has the wrong date on the Cottage at Fall Creeks break-in. If someone can clear up this discrepancy, please let us know; otherwise, I don't see how these suspects could be at two different places on opposite sides of town at the same time.

Here are the charges 21-year old Larry Taylor is facing according to Marion Co. court records:

35-42-1-1(1): Murder
35-43-4-2.5(b)(1)/F6: Auto Theft where intent is to deprive owner of value or use of vehicle (stole
35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling
35-43-4-2(a)/F6: Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k.
35-47-2-1/MA: Carrying a Handgun Without a License
35-42-1-1(2): Murder
35-42-1-1(2): Murder
35-43-2-1/F1:Burglary , but serious bodily injury occurs and burglary was to a dwelling.
35-43-4-2(a)/F6: Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k.
35-42-5-1(1)/F2: Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury Injury to someone other than a defendant
35-42-3-3(a)/F3: Criminal Confinement while armed with a deadly weapon.
35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling
35-43-4-2(a)/F6: Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k.

Court records also show Taylor had been arrested last June on misdemeanor charges of public indecency and public nudity. Below is the video of the original police press conference on November 13 laying out the timeline of events.
13 WTHR Indianapolis

UPDATE III: At a press conference just concluded by Marion Co. Prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD it was announced that there was not sufficient evidence to file sexual assault-related charges against Larry Taylor, the 18-year old accused of burglarizing and killing Amanda Blackburn, although other formal charges, including murder, have been filed against two men in police custody, Larry Taylor and Jalen Watson. A probable cause affidavit says the accused tried making several withdrawals of cash using an ATM card belonging to Blackburn. Curry told reporters a significant break in the case occurred when DNA found on a pink sweater matched that of Jalen Watson, one of the other suspects being charged along with Larry Taylor, after being held by police on parole violations following questioning in Blackburn's murder. The sweater is one allegedly matches one worn by Watson while attempting to withdraw money using Blackburn's ATM card. The third suspect, Diano Gordon, has not yet been charged with anything, although he's also being held on parole violations for the time-being. Watson and Gordon both have past convictions for burglary. The important take-away here is that Curry reiterated that the crimes on San Clemente Drive and Sunnyfield Court on opposite sides of the city were committed by Taylor, Watson and Gordon on November 10. The timeline will be critical as noted above since the time of both the San Clemente Drive and the first Sunnyfield Court break-ins were pegged at 5:30 a.m. How is that possible? View the press conference by clicking here.

Here are the charges Watson is facing:

35-42-1-1(2): Murder35-43-4-2(a)/F6: Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k.
35-42-1-1(2): Murder
35-43-2-1/F1:Burglary , but serious bodily injury occurs and burglary was to a dwelling.
35-43-4-2(a)/F6: Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k.
35-42-5-1(1)/F2: Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury Injury to someone other than a defendant
35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling35-43-4-2(a)/F6: Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k.
35-43-4-2.5(b)(1)/F6: Auto Theft where intent is to deprive owner of value or use of vehicle (stolen)
35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling

Here is a description of events released in a press release from the Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office:
According to the probable cause affidavit, Taylor, Watson and a third individual are accused of committing two burglaries prior to entering the Blackburn residence on the morning of November 10. An automobile was stolen during the course of the first burglary, as well as personal items. The second burglary occurred near the Blackburn residence. Taylor and Watson are believed to then have entered the Blackburn home through an unlocked front door. 
As further alleged in the probable cause affidavit, Watson and the third individual are believed to have left the Blackburn home in the stolen vehicle, driving to an ATM with Amanda Blackburn’s debit card. The two were in communication with Taylor, who was still at the home, via cell phones. Taylor was later picked up from the Blackburn home and all three individuals left the scene prior to the victim’s husband returning to the home. 
After leaving the scene, Larry Taylor is alleged to have stated to witnesses that he killed Amanda Blackburn. Blackburn’s cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the back of the head. She is believed to have been shot three times, including a gunshot wound to the left arm and a gunshot wound which entered and exited her upper back.  
Jalen Watson has been charged with Murder, Burglary (Level 1 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 2 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony) and Theft (Level 6 Felony).
Larry Jo Taylor Jr. has been charged with Murder, Burglary (Level 1 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 2 Felony), Criminal Confinement (Level 3 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony) and Carrying a Handgun without a License (Class A Misdemeanor).
According to the probable cause affidavit, Watson and Gordon allegedly claimed during their police interrogation that Taylor admitted to killing Blackburn while they left to use the ATM card to withdraw money. Taylor's and Watson's cases have been assigned to the Marion Superior Court, Division 5 Criminal Court, which is overseen by Judge Grant Hawkins, who was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court for 60 days without pay due in 2009 as a result of a finding of judicial misconduct against him by the high court for delays in handling post-conviction relief cases.

Here's the timeline WRTV constructed for November 10, which doesn't explain how the accused were committing separate home invasions around 5:30 in the morning on opposite sides of Indianapolis many miles apart. WRTV leaves out the police report of the first home invasion on Sunnyfield Court, which says it occurred at 5:30 a.m. Remember, the suspects had time at the San Clemente Drive apartment to steal numerous personal items found in the apartment, including computer, credit card and a cell phone, in addition to the victim's automobile, which was a Chrylser Sebring, not a dark-colored SUV police described the vehicle driven by the suspects.

5:23 a.m. – Security camera footage captures three subjects breaking into a home on San Clemente Drive. The thieves steal a laptop, purse and a 2007 Chrysler Sebring.

6:40 a.m. – A resident on Sunnyfield Court hears two gunshots and what sounds like a woman scream.

6:54 a.m. – A $400 withdrawal is made on Amanda Blackburn's Chase debit card at an ATM on the 1300 block of 86th Street. 7:05 a.m. – Resident on 2900 block of Sunnyfield Court sees a black male wearing all black walking north with a T-shirt pulled up over his face.

7:10 a.m. – Resident on 2800 block of Sunmeadow Way sees "like white late model Chrysler Sebring" pull up and a black male wearing a hoody get inside.

7:53 a.m. – Amanda Blackburn's phone receives a voicemail alert from Chase bank warning of suspicious activity on her debit card.

8:17 a.m. – A resident on the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court calls 911 to report a burglary at her home. Four televisions and a MacBook Pro were stolen, along with a bag of oranges. The suspects also "drank beer and wine and left the bottles in the home."

8:22 a.m. – Davey Blackburn calls 911, reporting he's found his wife injured and unconscious on the living room floor of their home on Sunnyfield Court.

UPDATE IV: The official charging documents have changed the timeline first announced after the initial home invasions. Police and prosecutors now say the initial break-in on San Clemente Drive occurred at 4:30 a.m., not 5:30 a.m. according to the Indianapolis Star:

The timeline detailed in charging documents began around 4:30 a.m. the day Blackburn was shot, when a woman living about 10 miles from the Blackburn home awoke to find her apartment burglarized. She told police that burglars stole her cellphone, laptop, purse, keys and 2007 Chevrolet Sebring. The woman’s security system, court documents say, took pictures of three people.
Police claim the Sebring became a getaway vehicle as the suspects drove across town to burglarize more homes in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court. One home on that block was burglarized around 5:30 a.m. Court documents say the men ripped a window screen and unlocked a patio door before stealing a laptop, Tiffany pearl necklace, pink sweater, bag of oranges, four televisions and other items.
The Blackburn home, two doors down on Sunnyfield, was targeted next. Police said the suspects entered the unlocked door after Davey Blackburn left to go to a gym at 6:11 a.m.


Anonymous said...

Before the police and prosecutors take a bow they should take a hard look at the missed opportunities they had to put these thugs behind bars where they belong.

Anonymous said...

The Indianapolis crime rate continues to rise. Politicians can give millions and millions to special interests and then cover their rear ends by making the too-usual call for "150" [doesn't that always seem to be the number?) more police officers.

With the Disneyization of Downtown at saturation point and the rot in many of the non-Center township neighborhoods so advanced it may be unstoppable, can Indy taxpayers ever again feel safe in their own homes?

Anonymous said...

How many IMPD police officers were having fun playing Hollywood actors helping Greg Ballard, Jr. film his movie while these thugs were on their violent crime spree?

Gary R. Welsh said...

You will be happy to know, anon. 7:35 that I have a pending public records request with the City seeking information about city resources, including IMPD, used to film "Car 86," the movie the mayor's son was recently filming in Indianapolis while this trio's crime spree was taking place. IPS responded within a couple of days with records pertaining to the filming that took place at the Coca-Cola building. On those forms, Ballard, Jr. said he didn't require security for the filming at the location because IMPD was providing the security. I made the public records request from IPS after I made the request from the City. I'm sure Ballard's office isn't too anxious to release any records to me that would show city resources being allotted for the filming of his son's movie.

Anonymous said...

This is the first I've heard about Ballard Jr. making a movie... and most important that Junior may have been provided City resources by Big Daddy. In light of the years of constant corruption emanating from this Republican Mayor, PLEASE KEEP ON THIS GARY! Not that the aged Democrat Prosecutor will do a damn thing about it...

Anonymous said...

It's easy for the ignorant to blame the police. The real issues with rising crime can be laid at the feet of the judicial system in Marion County. Prosecutors refuse to press charges and want to try the case before it ever gets to court, its easy to brag about your conviction rate when your cherry picking cases and no filing the rest. If you're lucky enough to get your case to trial then you have to deal with liberal judges who refuse to send anyone to prison. Probation for everyone. On top of that you have these terrible new laws that were passed last year that made things like repeated auto theft charges the same as a first time offender which is barely more than a slapnon the rest. Lastly, look at what a joke the juvenile court system has become. Recently a judge over at juvenile ordered the police to stop arresting anyone under the age of 12, reguardless if they were burglary suspects or not. The police are the easy targets but they are just as frustrated as everyone else about the rising crime in the city. They were also decimated by Straub and Ballard has done nothing to fix it, just the opposite in fact.

Anonymous said...

IMPD is understaffed. They put their lives on the line and do their best chasing down the bad guys, despite the limited resources given them to do their jobs professionally. Put the blame where it belongs-judges who instead of jail time, give serial, serious criminals a slap on the wrist as punishment for their offenses. Check out how many of the guys arrested in the Blackburn and other violent cases have records, yet are on the streets committing more crimes. Blame state legislators who have de-criminalized felonies by re-classifying felony offenses and the punishment associated with them. Blame state corrections officials who set (unwritten)quotas on how many Marion County perps can be sent to state prisons in given time periods, thus forcing the county to limit its jail population.

Anonymous said...

I hope Larry Taylor, Jalen Watson and Diano Gordon don't have long to live.

These scum don't deserve to breathe our air. They're worthless, and Amanda was beautiful.

Anonymous said...

For days, I've read a plethora of comments herein where the overriding theme was that the husband HAS to be involved. Now, given that a suspect has been arrested, is there anyone out there willing to issue a mea culpa.....and without any of the continued catty fixation about Davey Blackburn's clothes, looks, etc?

Gary R. Welsh said...

The pastor's bizarre rants in his sermons about his wife not putting out enough after the two got married and his fixation on sex in general during his church sermons, along with his decision to give multiple national TV interviews during which he displayed little emotion about the loss of his wife and unborn child, naturally fed suspicions about him. His own pastor-mentor, Perry Noble, cast a dark shadow over him when he referred to him during Amanda's widely-watched memorial service as "Crazy Davey" and described him as "not right" until he met Amanda. Davey waving a gun and aiming and firing it at a fellow church member repeatedly to illustrate a point during the sermon the Sunday before Amanda's killing was quite shocking to say the least.

Anonymous said...

You are correct Gary (8:23). As for Anon (8:08) I did have a quick minute of self chastisement regarding my own suspicion of Davey Blackburn as culpable- but only a quick minute. Most authorities find it IS the husband who often is the perp even when the guilty husband is initially allowed to remain free.

But Davey B's behavior before, during, and subsequent to his wife's and his unborn child's deaths makes no difference in how I view the guy. With all due respect to his loss, the guy is a real piece of work. And that's being kind.

Anonymous said...

I still believe, in time, Davey will be implicated in some form in the death of his wife and unborn child.

Gary R. Welsh said...

That seems highly unlikely, anon. 9:30. I can't imagine any connection between Davey and these characters, who have obviously been on IMPD's radar for a considerable period of time, even before Amanda's killing.

Anonymous said...

There is a considerable weakness in the judges of Marion County and part of it stems from the bribes they pay in order to be slated. Once you go down a slippery slope it gets easier. One can also blame the "libertarian" fixation on the rights of the individual as being against the rights of society and the victims. We need a RFRA like law to instruct judges to try cases and keep the expenses down. Back in the day murders were often tried inside a few months.

Anonymous said...

My take. The cops did a bang up job solving the murder. And you guys insinuating things about the husband are wrong as can be. No surprise there. Maybe JFK did it wing nuts.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Davey Blackburn also drive a dark-colored SUV?

Anonymous said...

Kill all gang members. They are all scum and should be treated the same as ISIS.

Anonymous said...

I agree with ANON 930. This whole investigations smells funny. The Star reports that the prosecutor isn't able to file sexual assault charges "right now." Maybe, just maybe, IMPD and the prosecutor are using these break-ins and these suspects as a means to getting to the real killer.

Anonymous said...

I just got through watching the press conference with the prosecutor and police today. Is there something in the water out there in Indianapolis? Or it normal for everyone there to appear brain dead, including the reporters who lack any inquisitive instincts?

Anonymous said...

How long before these thugs rat on Davey for setting all of this up?

Downtown Indy said...

As to Davey Blackburn, I find it odd (to say the least) that the police reveal the front door of their home was unlocked and this allowed the killer(s) inside.

But to the killer themselves, what kind of sick, twisted animals do we have running loose on the streets? To call one's self 'The Kill Gang' and murder a pregnant woman for a few dollars?

Sadly, there will be no widespread protests for #WhiteLivesMatter. There will be no forceful rejection of this kind of thuggery. There will be a trial. Probably life sentences not death penalties. People will soon forget it happened.

And the homicide count in Indy will likely hit a new record this year.

The politicians keep promising us we will be world class yet the place is overrun with vermin and headed downhill fast.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else wonder why the Blackburns' dog didn't bark loudly or fight back against the intruders? The detective made a point during the November 13 press conference to talk about Mel (dog's name) coming to the door to greet police when they arrived to investigate.

Anonymous said...

You people are truly idiots. When you hire an assassin, you don't hire three, and you don't hire rapists.

Some of you Nancy Grace man-haters can't let go of your pet theory being utterly idiotic.

Anonymous said...

It's like this, simple: the murder of this woman and her unborn baby, this entire case from the weird acting hubby who thinks he is Brad Pitt on steroids, still does not make sense... including the apprehension of the alleged perps.

It just might turn out Davey was deeply involved.. who leaves town like he did... to "mourn"... no.... I am retracting my quick minute self-flagellation and returning to what detectives and police - good police- often determine. It was often the husband who did it or masterminded it. I will see if all these bleeding hearts condemning the clearer thinking persons post their regrets here at being so wrong themselves..

Anonymous said...

anon 847, I'm with you. People can be haters and call us names as anon 511 chooses to do, but I am ok with my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

It may well yet turn out that the husband was involved, but I can't help but think some people have been addled by too many Lifetime movies.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what I think anymore. I was sure that Pastor Davey was somehow involved in his wife's murder, and I'm still convinced that he's completely innocent. Even if he wasn't involved, one thing is for sure. He is as creepy as they come. He appeared more interested in hitting the talk show circuit than in grieving his wife and mother of his child, not to mention his unborn baby girl. If my daughter married a loser like Davey, I just don't know what I'd do. How can anyone attend his church and listen to his sermons?

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine finding my pregnant wife shot in the head, bleeding on the floor, probably brain matter spattered. Raped, pants off. The image is horrifying. I would be speechless, crying at the slightest reminder of that image. Yet, within days, CD is on national tv, chuckling and talking about Jesus. Not a tear. My god, that is "unexpected" to say the very least considering what he had to have seen.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:08 - What are you doing on this site if you just believe whatever is spoonfed you by public officials? There's still a lot here that simply does not add up. Maybe it will. Maybe it won't. It's perfectly normal to assume the husband is involved because statistically speaking, that's a much more likely scenario than 3 evil black men choosing a house on the other side of town on a cul de sac at 630 in the morning. Whether Davey Blackburn is involved or not, you are being played and like a good little Hooiser you believe whatever it is somebody in an official position tells you. Please wake up while there's still time.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:44. Hoosiers don't question authority AT ALL. They simply accept whatever they are told as the gospel truth. This is especially true if the person looks like them, is white and wearing something that says Colts on it. Maybe it's brain dead, but I just think it's how they've been raised.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Various news reports are now talking about how this trio had broken into many homes over the past year in various parts of the city, including apartments in Westlake where they lived together and the short period they lived at Cottages At Fall Creek. If I were IMPD, I would be holding my head in shame that three young men who aren't all that sharp were able to go on a crime spree spanning a long period of time without being stopped despite long rap sheets that indicated their proclivity to commit brazen home break-ins. News of these types of crimes is what is driving the great exodus of people from Indianapolis into the suburbs. It's quite clear the leadership of this city cares more about lining the pockets of a handful of downtown insiders than protecting the lives of its residents. Mayor Ballard's 8 years has been a disaster when it comes to public safety.

Anonymous said...

Gary: You aren't being honest in your assessment. Laying this on the doorstep of Ballard when "Community Policing" set the standard long before Ballard came to office.

Do you remember when it was announced that Baltimore was our new "Sister City"? When did that happen? Who was in charge then?


BLACK CHICAGO TEEN was obviously EXECUTED in the same way that a WHITE PASTER's WIFE was recently EXECUTED in INDIANAPOLIS after being RAPED and ROBBED!