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IMPD: Majority of 2013 homicides involved previous criminals

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IMPD Chief Rick Hite IMPD Chief Rick Hite
INDIANAPOLIS -

Metro Police released some preliminary statistics Sunday night regarding the rise in homicides the city saw in 2013.  

After four straight years where the IMPD investigated less than 100 murders, that count was already at 109 by early December of this year.  

For comparison, Indianapolis recorded 140 homicides in 2006.

Most telling of this year's homicides are the general profiles of the victims and suspects.  The numbers show roughly four in five of the people involved were already convicted criminals.

"Unless you are involved in illegal behavior or live a lifestyle which increases your risk of harm," IMPD Chief Rick Hite said in a statement, "your chances of being a victim of violent crime are reduced significantly.

 

IMPD's analysis of the 2013 homicides showed the following:

Of the 109 murder victims (as of 12/2/13), local adult criminal histories were found for 86 (79%) of the victims.  These 86 people accounted for 287 adult felony arrests. Where criminal histories were found: 
  • 36 (42%) had a previous weapons arrest
  • 52 (60%) had a previous drug arrest
  • 64 (74%) had a previous crimes against persons arrest
Of the 80 suspects where a name was known, prior local adult criminal histories were found for 65 (81%) of the subjects. These 65 people accounted for 166 adult felony arrests: 
  • 25 (38%) had a previous weapons arrest
  • 38 (58%) had a previous drug arrest
  • 49 (75%) had a previous crimes against persons arrest
Roughly one in three of the first 109 murders were motivated by drugs, according to IMPD.

Source - IMPD media release 

 

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