IMPD sets up temporary hotline to help generate tips into quadruple homicide that remains unsolved


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) announced Tuesday they are taking calls in an effort to solving two recent homicide cases in the city.

IMPD said they are staffing the phone lines for 48 hours, with members from the Homicide Unit taking calls.  If you have information to report on the recent murder of a Subway employee or the killing of four people on the northeast side, call 317-327-3475.

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The murder of a Subway employee on the northeast side occurred on January 27, and the killing of four people also on the city's northeast side happened on February 5.

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Nearly one week after four people were murdered inside the apartment, police are still searching for the killer.

The police chief reiterated his department can’t solve the crime without the public’s help.

"Unfortunately, we have not generated the information we were hoping for at this point," said IMPD chief Randy Taylor.

Chief Taylor says his officers have believed from the beginning robbery may have been the motive for the murders of Jalen Roberts, Marcel Wills, Braxton Ford and Kimari Hunt.

"I'd like to hear from the suspect why he felt the need to take someone's life, but as far as we know it had something to do with a robbery," said Taylor.

A week later the back door of the apartment has been boarded up and some candles placed on top of the glass outside the apartment where the four people were killed.  The police chief promised his officers are working hard to solve the case.

"We're doing our part.   We're checking videos and other things, but we really need some other information," said Taylor.

So far no suspect information has been released in the case.  Chief Taylor encourages the public to call the tip-line that will be manned round the clock over the next 48 hours, at times by the chief himself.

"I wouldn't ask my detectives to do anything I'm not willing to do.   That's why I'm going to man it for some period of time.  I want community to know we are concerned about it, but we need your help," said Taylor.

The announcement of the staffed phone line comes as city officials continue to try and find ways to reduce violence in Indianapolis.

According to his Twitter account, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor made the announcement as he visited Praise Indy on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to the quadruple homicide, the tip-line will also be used for any information into the shooting of a clerk at a Subway on Shadeland last month.  That case also remains unsolved.

Anyone with information on either case can call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

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