INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Murder suspect Simeon Adams is expected to appear in court Thursday morning. The 16-year-old is charged with murder in the death of soon-to-be father Nathan Trapuzzano on April 1.
He also faces charges in the March 30 shooting of Erick Douglas, just two days before Trapuzzano was killed. Douglas is recovering from two gunshot wounds. He told FOX59 that he can now sleep at night knowing this teenager is off the street.
“But at the end of the day I’m glad they got him. I’m glad he can’t hurt anybody else right now,” said Douglas.
Court documents show the 16-year-old suspect could be involved in multiple crimes leading up to Trapuzzano’s shooting. Police say Adams is a suspect in a gun store burglary that happened on March 22. Surveillance video shows two men breaking in to the store. Police say about 30 firearms were stolen.
Erick Douglas was shot just a few days after the break-in. Police said on March 30 there was an altercation outside a restaurant in the 2900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King. Adams is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and carrying a handgun without a license.
Trapuzzano was killed two days after Douglas was shot.
“And my prayers go out to Nathan and his family,” said Douglas.
During the investigation police received an anonymous tip that Adams went to a house on Winfield Avenue after the Trapuzzano shooting. According to documents, he told someone at the home that police were looking for him. Adams told that same person “white man tried to tussle with me so I shot him.”
Preliminary results from the crime lab indicate the same gun was used in both shootings. Investigators were able to determine that .40-caliber casings found at the scenes came from the same weapon.
Police say Adams was shot just before midnight on April 1, roughly 18 hours after the shooting that killed Trapuzzano. Clothes worn by the suspect at Eskenazi Hospital were the same clothes seen in surveillance video showing the shooting.
Adams has previous arrests for handgun violations, possession of marijuana, theft, auto theft and resisting arrest.