IMPD uses technology, more officers to combat crime

IMPD officers hit the streets to try to get tips from residents Tuesday.

Police are using the technology of a new mobile command center to try to solve more crimes while preventing new ones.

Using surveillance video from a business near 16th and Tibbs early Tuesday, investigators believe two men randomly approached 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano and shot and killed him.

"That's sad. So sad," said Tasha Highbaugh.

The brazen murder is the talk of Highbaugh's neighborhood, which is near the crime scene.

"We've got to do something to these people, because life is too short and these kinds need to stop that," said one neighbor.

Residents will now see the IMPD mobile command center camped out with officers on duty around the clock working the area. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and tell police what they saw.

"You're not snitching, you are enabling if you don't help us," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "We want you (to tell us) what's going on in your community so we can put these guys away."

Officers aren't waiting for the leads to come in. They're taking that message from the chief into the neighborhoods.

"Got a few minutes I can talk to you real quick?" Patrolman Walter Hendricks asked a resident.

Hendricks has been an officer for nearly 30 years and is part of a special detail called out Tuesday night to get out and talk to people.

"No matter how little they may think it may be, give us a call. They don't have to give us names," Hendricks said.

His conversations Tuesday didn't yield many clues, but another shift of officers will work the night to try to get more.

"Bad's not going to come in here and take over. We're going to make sure that's not going to happen," Hendricks said.

After such a horrible crime as the murder of Trapuzzano, neighbors like Highbaugh welcome the extra officers next to her house.

"I'm glad to see them right there for a few days," she said.