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February 24, 2014

Indianapolis police arrest 4 in quadruple homicide

INDIANAPOLIS —  Indianapolis police have arrested four people in connection with the fatal shootings of two men and two women during a drug-related robbery, authorities said Monday.

Detectives arrested the four people early Sunday and Sunday night and they were jailed on 72-hour holds, Indianapolis Metro Police spokesman Lt. Chris Bailey said. He identified the four suspects as Kenneth Rackemann, 24; Samantha Bradley, 20; Valencia Williams, 21; and Anthony Larussa, 26.

"Investigators have been working nonstop and without sleep to identify and arrest those responsible," Bailey said.

The victims and the suspects knew each other, and the suspects went to a south side home Thursday night intent on robbing the victims of drugs and money, Bailey said. The victims — Hayley Navarra, 21; Kristy Mae Sanchez, 22; Jacob Rodemich, 43; and Walter Burnell, 47, all of Indianapolis — died during that robbery, Bailey said.

The case remains under investigation by Marion County prosecutors and charges haven't been filed, spokeswoman Peg McLeish said. An affidavit that prosecutors filed with their requests for 72-hour holds was placed under court seal, she said.

The four shooting deaths were among eight homicides that occurred in Indianapolis within a 24-hour period.

Chief Rick Hite issued a statement saying "the past few days have been challenging and tragic for our city."

"We need our community to wrap its arms around each other and our police department," Hite said.

Online jail records did not indicate if any of the four people arrested in south-side slayings have attorneys.

Indianapolis has had at least 26 homicides in 2014, police statistics show. The city of 885,000 residents is on track to break last year's count of 125 homicides, the most in the city in seven years.

 

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