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IMPD detectives arrest 17-year-old in July murder

On Friday, July 9, police found 45-year-old Hurts Presendieu dead outside of an east side church.
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INDIANAPOLIS — A 17-year-old is now in custody for the murder of a 45-year-old man in July.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office charged Jahion Jarrett with the murder of Hurts Presendieu after IMPD Homicide detectives arrested him Tuesday, July 27. Police found the 45-year-old outside of an east side church on Friday, July 9. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

It happened on East 25th Street, near North Post Road. Police saw Presendieu had suffered from some sort of trauma. The Marion County Coroner's Office later said he died of injuries from a gunshot wound to the head and ruled his death a homicide.

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While investigating, IMPD detectives found Presendieu was working as a Lyft driver when the shooting occurred. 

According to court documents, police were able to use security video from the church to identify the victim's car. They then used that to find the car on other surveillance cameras at different times around the city. The probable cause affidavit shows Jarrett had an ankle monitor with GPS tracking and police were able to use that to show the was in the area of Presendieu's last Lyft pickup and end of the ride. It also showed he was in the area of the church at the time the body was dropped and came back to the church later at the same time the victim's car was seen on video surveillance.

Police caught Jarrett after a chase in the victim's car that also matched up to the GPS ankle bracelet. 

Jarrett is being charged as an adult in the case. According to court documents, Jarrett is scheduled for his initial hearing Monday afternoon.

He's facing the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Robbery resulting in serious bodily injury
  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Dangerous possession of a firearm

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