INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan police provided an update on the Wednesday crime spree that ended in a chase and crash near Brownsburg.
Police confirmed that the 15- and 17-year-old juveniles taken into custody following the crash are suspects in the murder of 38-year-old John Yingling on the south side. Police also said the teens are suspects in the shooting that injured Rex Souter, a man who was shot while walking his dog in the Eagle Creek area.
As part of Wednesday’s crime spree, the teens are accused of stealing a car. Police said they were also involved in an attempted robbery on Earl Drive/Tammy Drive on the south side in which a jogger said the teens approached him and tried to rob him at gunpoint. He fought them off. Earlier, the teens are accused of another robbery in the 5800 block of Sapelo Drive in which they took a woman’s purse and lunch sack after hitting her in the head.
Police released this timeline of the events from Wednesday:
- 7:33 a.m. – Woman robbed in the 5800 block of Sapelo Drive
- 7:40 a.m. – Attempted robbery of jogger at Earl Drive/Tammy Drive
- 8:08 a.m. – Robbery and shooting that killed John Yingling on Babette Court
- 9:33 a.m. – Man shot while walking dog in Eagle Creek area
- 11:15 a.m. – Police chase and crash in Brownsburg
The teens could be involved in other crimes, police said. Currently, the only arrest made in the spree is related to the Sapelo Drive robbery. Police emphasized that the teens are suspects in the other crimes but have not been charged. Additional charges are likely.
The 17-year-old suspect is currently in the hospital, investigators said. Both suspects have had multiple run-ins with the law.
Police don’t believe the teens were involved in a north side robbery at a Chase Bank Wednesday morning. After that robbery, witnesses had spotted a vehicle similar to the blue SUV the teens were driving. At this point, the crime appears unrelated.
Police said there was no indication that the suspects were involved in gang activity.
Investigators said the investigation is ongoing. Thursday morning, Indianapolis Fire Department divers spent several hours in Eagle Creek in an attempt to recover the handgun used to kill Yingling.