By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — Police believe they have the man responsible for a Thursday morning attempted robbery and shooting.
Jordan L. Freestone, an 18-year-old from Anderson, faces charges of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.
Police suspect Freestone shot 52-year-old Shawn Carey of Anderson early Thursday morning during a failed robbery. Anderson Police Detective Joel Sandefur said an investigation and witness account of the incident pointed to Freestone as the shooter, and he was arrested on Friday.
Also arrested Friday was Freestone's alleged accomplice, Kyle Kress, 16. He is being charged as an adult and faces a Class A felony robbery count for his alleged role in the incident.
According to Sandefur, police responded to the incident in the area of 37th Street and Haverhill Drive about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Medics arrived in the 3600 block of Brown Street and found Carey conscious and walking around. He was initially transported to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and then transferred to St. Vincent Indianapolis.
According to Carey's account to police, he was out for a walk late at night when he was approached by a white man wearing an orange hoodie. The man pointed a gun at Carey and demanded that he hand over his belongings and wallet and lie on the ground.
Carey, who was also carrying a handgun, told police he didn't want to get on the ground for fear of being shot, so he reached for his gun. The other man then shot Carey twice, and Carey fired off several rounds, as well.
According to an account from a woman who was with Freestone and Kress on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Kress was driving the three to his home in the 3500 block of Brown Street that night.
The trio saw Carey walking down the street, and Kress told Freestone he should try to rob the man. When they parked, Freestone headed in Carey's direction. The woman said she heard gunshots shortly after, but Freestone didn't return.
That morning, according to the woman, Kress received a text message from Freestone that he needed to be picked up at a motel on the other side of town. When they met, the two had a conversation, agreeing to keep quiet about the incident, according to the police account of their interview with the woman.
Sandefur said Kress denied the story initially but eventually confirmed the woman's account.
"Once [Kress] had the knowledge that Freestone had shot [Carey], there was a bit of a cover up," Sandefur said. "We also got information from two other witnesses that corroborated the woman's story. A lot of the information lined up."
Sandefur also said that Carey reported possibly shooting the assailant in the face. Arresting officers noted a small wound underneath Freestone's face, consistent with a bullet graze.
"We still have some work to do on the investigation, but we're pretty sure these are the guys," Sandefur said.
Freestone and Kress were still in custody Saturday night at the Madison County Jail on $35,000 bond each.
Kress is a survivor of a serious Sept. 4 accident near Alexandria that claimed the lived of two men and injured three others.
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