Police issue warning for Amanda Blackburn killer: 'We're coming to get you'

Police issue warning for Amanda Blackburn killer: 'We're coming to get you'
Police issue warning for Amanda Blackburn killer: 'We're coming to get you'
Police issue warning for Amanda Blackburn killer: 'We're coming to get you'

For the first time, Indianapolis Metro Police talked about the mounting evidence they've collected in the murder of a pastor's wife and how they'll use it to catch the killer. The evidence includes surveillance pictures from the neighborhood, clues from inside the house and now a possibly-recovered stolen car. 

The violent, northwest-side home invasion shook the Indianapolis community and is also hitting close to home for law enforcement.

Officers at a press conference Friday morning had a message for 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn's killer.

"We're serious about this," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "We're coming to get you."

Blackburn was killed in a violent home invasion Tuesday morning at her Sunnyfield Court home. Her one-year-old child was home at the time and Amanda was 12 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her husband, Davey, was at the gym at the time. He has been cleared as a suspect.

Chief Hite promised that police would not only catch the person responsible for Blackburn's death, but also anyone who helped the suspect.

"You need to give it up because you are going to get charged with a felony murder. So you need to understand that anyone and everyone connected to this crime is subject to go to jail," Hite warned.

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Witnesses spotted a man in the neighborhood that morning who was also caught by surveillance video standing on the Blackburns' front porch near the time of her murder.

Police believe him to be the 28-year-old mother's killer. They also believe the crime to be connected to a robbery of a home in the neighborhood just hours before.

Police don't have the man's name, but they describe him as a 5'4"-5'9" black male, medium-to-light brown complexion, slim-to-medium build. He was wearing light pants and a two-toned hoodie with a suede bottom and lighter-colored hood. Police say he had the hood pulled around his face.

Neighbor Kurt Baker is keeping his fingers crossed about video from his home security cameras.

"If my camera's show that, I'm ecstatic of that," he said.

That video may contain the break Metro homicide detectives need to identify and find Amanda Blackburn's killer.

"I hope that they find the person and I hope they put that person in jail or whatever they can do," said Baker.

Representatives from IMPD and Indiana State Police stood together for a news conference Friday morning. They stood in solidarity to show how hard they're working to find the killer, and several speakers at the news conference alluded to this.

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"You've heard about these partnerships. You've heard about the tremendous investigative skill and ability in IMPD that I would put second to no one in America," said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, who praised Chief Hite and Sheriff John Layton for working with Indiana State Police, as well as Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition.

"For those responsible for killing Amanda, we are coming. We are coming. I hope it's not long," Carter said.

Police expect to eventually release a photo of the suspect.

State, local and county law enforcement said Friday morning that they're working together to solve the Blackburn case.

"We're going to be in their face," Marion County Sheriff John Layton said. "We're going to take care of business as one team."

"You are not as good as you think you are. You did not get away clean and free. You did leave evidence behind and we will find you," promised ?Eric Hench, IMPD Assistant Commander.

They ask that anyone with information about the incident to come forward to police.

"We'll never be able to repair damage done to the Blackburn family, but we will bring justice," said Jay Abbott, the FBI's Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

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