LAWRENCE, Ind. (Mar. 21, 2014) — There’s a new push to generate tips in an unsolved killing in Central Indiana.
Kyle Jobin, 19, was gunned down in the early morning hours of January 4, 2014 at Marathon gas station in Lawrence. Police spoke to a witness who reported seeing four men in a Sport Utility Vehicle trying to get in to Jobin’s car. By the time police arrived, Jobin had been shot in the head.
That one witness story is all police have, it’s not enough to find suspects. So, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana was called upon to do their part to beef up search efforts.
Pretty soon, a poster will be spread throughout Lawrence. It’ll a description of what happened, a reward, but it also has the face of this crime, Kyle Jobin.
“We’re doing this for the family, this one has a much better chance of being solved if someone were to come forward now, because we’re only talking months instead of years,” said Steve DuBois, director and Coordinator of Crime Stoppers.
And he’s right, it has been only a few months. But they were called upon because in that short time, there’ve been no tips and no arrests. The case has essentially gone cold.
“I think what’s more important to people is it is our way to keep people anonymous, we promise to keep the tipsters anonymous,” DuBois said.
Kyle’s parents, Joe and Cindy Jobin, hope this effort works.
“Seems that what they got that night is all that they have still at this remaining point,” said Joe Jobin. “We’re hoping that somebody would see these different news feeds, or see something out there.”
Central Indiana Crime Stoppers does get tips, and arrests are made from those tips, and there’s proof of that. During the first three months of 2013, they received 923 tips, and there were 72 arrests. During the first three months of this year so far, there’ve been 1,022 tips and 63 arrests. Many of the tipsters aren’t even collecting the reward money.
“We’re like at a 40 or 50% of not collecting the reward, they just wanted to give the information and they wanted to stay anonymous,” DuBois said.
The Jobin’s are hoping one of those tipsters will know something about their son’s killing, and call it in.
“It’s been frustrating, ya know? I just wish they would find something or find the people who did this to my son,” Jobin said.
Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted in many different ways. You can call them in at 317-262-TIPS(8477), 1-800-222-TIPS or www.crimetips.org. You can also send a text message. Text “INDYCS” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Again, the message to take home when submitting tips is that you can, and will remain anonymous.
The Jobin family is holding another event and fundraiser, as a way to make sure nobody loses sight of this crime. On Saturday, May 31, there will be “Kyle’s Ride”, a motorcycle ride starting and ending at Harley Davidson of Indianapolis. It’s symbolic, as well, because the ride will go by the schools that Jobin attended growing up. All of the money raised will go directly to the “Kyle Jobin Memorial Scholarship” at Vincennes University.