UPDATE: Fishers police arrest 17-year-old and charge with murder in weekend homicide

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A teenager was arrested Tuesday morning for the weekend murder of a 73-year-old Fishers man.

Detectives arrested 17-year-old Maxwell Winkler around 5:00 a.m. for Henry Kim's murder last Saturday. The Hamilton Southeastern High School student lives in the Windermere Park subdivision where Kim was found.

Police say Winkler is not talking and has hired an attorney. WTHR has also learned that Winkler is connected to a scare Halloween night, just a day before the murder in the Hamilton Proper neighborhood. In that incident, he's accused of pulling a knife on a group of trick-or-treaters.

Officers first came across Winkler while searching a wooded area Monday afternoon near 106th & Hawthorne Ridge about a mile north of the park. Winkler had already been named a person of interest at that point. Late that night, detectives searched two locations in Fishers - including Winkler's home - and collected items believed to be related to the homicide, leading to his arrest Tuesday morning.

Police don't know what Winkler was doing in the woods. 

"We're not sure. We were out there searching and we were able to locate him there," said Sgt. Tom Weger, Fishers Police.

Eyewitness News also learned Tuesday that police had already been looking for Winkler the night before the murder because he allegedly pulled a knife on a group of trick-or-treaters who then called police for help.

The Fishers senior citizen was killed while taking a walk a mere half-mile from his own home around 7:00 Saturday evening. He was found in the grass near a retention pond near 96th & Mollenkopf.

An autopsy was conducted on Kim Monday afternoon. The results, released Tuesday, show that Kim was shot three times — once in the left cheek of the face, entering the skull and damaging the spinal cord; once in the back, perforating the left lung; and once in the left upper arm. Autopsy results also indicate Kim had a deep wound across the front of his neck, which damaged important neck structures. The coroner ruled Kim's death a homicide.

Fishers Police recovered a knife Monday several blocks away from the crime scene, but it was unclear if it was the knife used in the attack.

"At this point I'm not going to discuss any prior cases with him. We want to do everything we can to protect the integrity of the case," said Sgt. Weger.

But officials did confirm the Winkler is connected to the knife scare on Halloween. Acquaintances say the 17-year-old had some level of autism and had anger management issues. In school they said he was mostly quiet and kept to himself.

Following Tuesday's arrest, one Windermere resident said she's saddened for the Kim family.

"Knowing that an arrest has been made has put our family at ease," said resident Monique Miller. "The children had less fear walking to the bus stop this morning, but we have learned to always be aware of our surroundings. Lesson learned, it does not matter where you live or where you're at.”

Another has been a neighbor of the Kims' for 14 years and said he's grateful for the arrest.

"They were tireless in their pursuit of answers to this senseless killing," said resident John Ossim. "We continue to pray for the Kim family and now for the family of this young man.”

Resident Mark Brandt said he's relieved.

"The fact it was somebody walking like I do everyday, that's what bothered me," Brandt said.

Brandt and his dog, Tanner, walk the Windermere neighborhood every day.

"We walk everyday, so I'm glad they've got something," he said. "It makes it back to normal, I hope."

Hamilton Southeastern Schools released the following statement:

"We are shocked and saddened by the events that have unfolded since the weekend. Our hearts go out to all the families involved in this tragedy.

"Our focus at this time is to support our students and staff. We are pulling together as a school community to help one another during this difficult time. We will have resources available for students and staff today and throughout the week.

"We have been in communication with our School Resource Officers and the Fishers Police Department. We have been advised as information has become available regarding the investigation. Yesterday, we did keep students inside for recess and PE consistent with other safety precautions taken in the community. We did not become aware of the suspect until late last night and became aware of the arrest this morning.

"We appreciate the swift and thorough action of our police department and the actions they took to keep our students and community safe."

Because of Winkler's age and the nature of the crime, he will be tried as an adult. He is being held in the Hamilton County Jail.

Funeral services for Kim will be private and open to family and friends only by invitation.