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IMPD increases patrols, takes proactive approach after violent crime spree

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Indianapolis, IN (February 21, 2014) —  24 hours after a violent crime spree in the city, IMPD officers have stepped up efforts to solve these recent crimes.

The violent spree began around around 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 2100 block of N. Kenyon Street where a man was found dead. His death was ruled a homicide. At 5 p.m. Thursday, 16-year-old Quinton Nance was shot and killed in the 600 block of E. 23rd Street. Hours later, four people–later identified as Hayley Navarra, Kristy Mae Sanchez, Jacob Rodemich and Walter Burnell–were found shot to death inside a home in the 3200 block of South Parker Avenue on the southeast side. Around 12:45 a.m. Friday, Michael Whitfield and Lorenzo Clark, Jr. were fatally shot.

From Thursday morning through early Friday, IMPD said there were eight homicides.

Police have increased patrols in problem areas. Officers have also pulled over drivers with minor traffic violations with the intent of looking for clues. 

On the east side, the 10-Point Coalition walked the streets where a 16-year-old victim was found dead in an alley. Members believe it is gang-related and fear retaliation.

“Not looking to really write tickets, just looking to stop and chat with people,” said Patrolman Jake Tranchant of IMPD. “We’re just trying to piece together every little bit that we can.”

IMPD is hoping this directive patrolling will help find people who may know possible associates to suspicious cars that were spotted driving around one of the crime scenes Thursday night. Officers are also knocking on doors at homes and hotels.

“They drove by three or four times, kind of slow, through the area,” said Tranchant. “A lot of these people in the area know what’s going on. It’s just a matter of finding the right ones.”