2 arrested in connection with 2019 east side murder

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) arrested two men in connection with an east side murder from November.

On November 21, 2019 around 3:45 p.m., IMPD officers responded to the to 5200 block of East 20th Street on a report of a person shot.

Police arrived and found an unresponsive man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the basement of the home. 

According to court documents, the man appeared to have been shot multiple times in the head and torso. Police also found fired shell casings.

EMS pronounced the man, now identified as Aaron Jones, dead when they arrived on scene.

Court documents explain that friends of Jones had arrived earlier and found Jones’ body in the basement which “was still warm to the touch.”

The witnesses also found a 4-year-old child alone in the house and a dog enclosed in a bedroom before calling 911.

According to court documents, the witnesses told police that Jones was known to sell marijuana and sports equipment, but would not sell “to just anyone allow strangers into the house.”

The mother of the the child told police that she, her child and Jones lived in the home for a year and a half. Documents show that she confirmed that Jones was a sneaker collector, and sold sports gear “out of the basement or at trade shows.”

The woman also confirmed to police that Jones “bought, sold and traded guns,” and “had numerous guns locked up in the house.”

After an investigation, which included the recovery of footage from two Ring doorbells, detectives made two arrests in connection with the murder.

Johnthan Quarles, 25, was arrested for his alleged involvement in this case on February 27. Witnesses identified Quarles to police and told said that Quarles and Jones had worked together in the past. There was a “falling out over money Johnthan owed Aaron,” according to court documents.  

On March 4, Gabriel West Jr., 28, was also arrested for his alleged involvement.

Police said both men were arrested for murder, and the Marion County Prosecutors Office is reviewing the case for a charging decision.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477).

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