Arrest made in death of man found behind east Indy apartment

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Police have made an arrest in the death of a man found in a carport at an east Indianapolis apartment complex.

The man's body was found by a maintenance worker at the Bankers Lane Apartments at East Washington St. and Wallace Lane.

The victim was later identified as 56-year-old Andre Brown of Indianapolis. Detectives arrested 53-year-old James Satterfield of Indianapolis for Brown's murder. Satterfield turned himself into police Thursday.

Police responded to a report of shots fired near 28 Wallace Avenue at 7 a.m. Wednesday, but did not find anything.

More than two hours later, the worker reported finding the body at 24 Wallace Lane, which is just south of East Washington Street. Police have not confirmed the man died of a gunshot wound, only describing the death as "suspicious." They have no suspects in the case.

"It's getting terrible out here," said 59-year-old Phillip Norton, who lives in the neighborhood. "It's tough out here nowadays. It's a different world. All this killing, it's out of control."

Investigators say Brown had some kind of trauma to his body, but would not elaborate on what his injuries were. An autopsy Thursday should reveal how he died.

Investigators are also not saying if they think the Brown's death is related to the call for shots fired.

"I said, 'No, I have to see the body,' 'cause it could be my son, you know," said Patricia Wilson who lives in the building behind which the man was found.

Wilson said she was relieved to discover it wasn't her son.

"I was, like, 'Thank you, Jesus'," she said.

Wilson said her son lives with her, but never came home last night.

"I haven't able to get a hold of him yet," she added.

Still, said Wilson, the man found behind her building, was someone's child.

"Some mother, some brother, some sister, some relative done lost a relative," said Wilson.

For Wilson, the crime she sees all around these days, comes down to one thing.

"People, they just have a lack of spirituality. I believe they need God," said Wilson.

"We can't pray our way out of this," said Norton, who believes it's going to take more. "We have to reach out and grab a youth, you know. Everyone touch one. We need more mentors, too."

Norton says he already mentors two young men on the far east side of the city.

"We see the fathers are here, but we don't know where they are," Norton said of a lot of the city's youth.

Without more fathers involved or mentors stepping up to take their place, Norton said the crime scene tape strung across his east side neighborhood today will be hanging in someone else's neighborhood tomorrow.

"It's to a point now, where we have to take a stand. Everybody has to stand up. If you seen something, say something. To me, it's just pathetic," he said.