Nine people arrested in investigation into gang activity in north side neighborhood

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Butler-Tarkington neighborhood

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 20, 2016) – Nine members of a reputed north side crime organization are in custody, six more are still being sought, as a long term joint local and federal investigation into drugs, violence and murder has come to an end in a troubled Indianapolis neighborhood.

Members of the crew have been under investigation for several months, ever since a fight on the midway of the Indiana State Fair last summer. That fight left a state trooper injured and triggered a series of shootings that trace back to various crime sprees and assaults that began more than four years ago.

Raids going back several months began a roundup of gang members that resulted in some warrants being served to suspects currently housed inside the Marion County Jail on other charges.

At least one gun, that may be related to an unsolved murder, has been recovered, though investigators believe gang members may be implicated in other open homicides.

The group will face racketeering charges, allegations that its members operated as a criminal organization.

Its string of alleged crimes stretches back to St. Patrick ’s Day 2012 when several young people were shot on the banks of the White River canal downtown. A teenager with ties to the scenic drive neighborhood near 71st Street and Michigan Road was arrested in that case.

Multiple assaults, robberies and even murder investigations have been tied to group members.

IMPD has investigated a number of drive-by shootings on Scenic Drive that were likely retaliatory in nature due to alleged crimes tied to the gang.

Each member faces potential gang enhancement charges which could result in non-suspendable 15-20 year prison sentences.

 

South Butler-Tarkington was the site of media, police, clergy and community pressure following four killings including that of a 10-year-old boy attending a wake at a home where officers conducted a massive drug raid in early 2015.

The neighborhood has celebrated several months of relative peace and a reduction in street drug dealing as a result of the added attention.

Mayor Joe Hogsett, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD Chief Troy Riggs will announce results of the investigation during a morning press conference Thursday.

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