Police arrest juvenile in homicide of Lyft driver on east side

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INDIANAPOLIS– Indianapolis police announced the arrest of a juvenile in connection with a deadly shooting outside of a church on the city’s east side.

Jahion Jarrett, 17, was arrested on July 27 in connection with the homicide. According to surveillance video from the church, detectives confirm 45-year-old Hurts Presendieu’s body was dumped behind a storage building at 9:42 p.m. on July 8.

According to court documents, Jarrett was on GPS monitoring during the time of the crime.

Records say he was being monitored by the Marion County Superior Court: Probation Department. Documents obtained from the probation department show his monitor was pinged at the location, where the body was found, around 9:30 on July 8, 2021.

The shooting happened on July 8 in the 9400 block of E. 25th Street, east of Post Road. Officers arrived to the scene on July 9, just after 7 p.m. and found Presendieu behind an outbuilding on the property. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Marion County Coroner determined Presendieu died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Detectives say Presendieu was working as a Lyft driver when the incident occurred. That fact and others led police to Jarrett, who is being charged as an adult in this case.

Court documents said a person they interviewed told them Jarrett said the ride was going to be a “lick,” which is slang for robbery.

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