Man arrested after woman stabbed to death at apartment on Indianapolis’ northeast side

Crime in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman was stabbed to death Saturday night on the northeast side of Indianapolis, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Mike Short said a neighbor’s father asked him to check in on his daughter Saturday night when she called about someone she had spotted out back of her unit at the Lake Castleton Apartments.

“She had seen someone just suspicious who made her very nervous out here,” said Short. “Unfortunately, some of these lights don’t work, and he was dressed all in black rummaging through a backpack, made her very nervous.

“A little while later they unfortunately heard some screaming and yelling.”

IMPD officers rushed to the rear of a lower level apartment at 7158 Constitution Drive shortly before 9:30 p.m., and according to a press release, they found blood on patio blinds and interior walls. Officers then noticed an open patio door and saw a man inside the residence looking through the peephole at the front door, where additional officers were attempting to make contact.

Police then entered the open patio door and saw the man was holding a knife, according to IMPD. The police department says the man dropped the knife after officers announced themselves and gave verbal commands, and he was placed in handcuffs without further incident.

That’s when officers discovered the body a 57-year-old woman.

Bloodstains still mar the back patio blinds and the walls in the front hallway outside the woman’s apartment.

A 25-year-old man with an east-side address faces a preliminary charge of murder. Police say his identity is being withheld at this time “to protect and maintain the integrity of this investigation.”

“I’ve been here about five years, and when I originally moved in, it was pretty calm, pretty quiet,” said Short. “This summer, though, its been kind of scary around here.”

On May 8, 23-year-old Malik Parks was murdered in front of the same apartment building.

On June 5, four people were shot — two killed — in the parking lot outside a bar across the street from Lake Castleton Apartments.

Short said more and more of his neighbors have been victimized by crime this summer.

“I run the Facebook page, so I’ve seen some other residents have mentioned some break-ins, car vandalizing, cars being broken into, things of that nature,” he said. “I moved here, and I know other people said they moved here because of the location. It’s a great location, to be right in Castleton, be close to everything, but location is not worth safety, obviously, and this is starting to get very ridiculous.”

Apartment management was not available for comment.

Anyone with information on the fatal stabbing or any other crime should call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).

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