Teen arrested for murder of man who went on walk

Nathan Trapuzzano (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Metro Police arrested a teenager Tuesday in the deadly shooting of a man walking in the early morning hours of April 1.

The death of Nathan Trapuzzano, 24, inspired family, friends and strangers to give more than $100,000 to help his wife and daughter.

Police said surveillance video helped police find 16-year-old Simeon Adams, the teen accused of his murder. The video came from a camera on the outside of Tron’s Tire Shop, 3509 W. 16th St. The camera sits only few feet away from where a memorial was created for Trapuzzano.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said it all came down to what was on that video.

“That is one element of evidence set forth in the probable cause affidavit, that the clothes recovered at that time at the hospital (were) similar to the clothes shown in the video from Sunset Strip as well as from the tire store,” Curry said.

The owner of that tire shop handed the video over to investigators.

“Anything bad happens here, I know and I can rely on my video,” said Adrian Ordaz, Tron’s Tire Shop owner.

In the video, you can see Adams and another suspect confronting Trapuzzano before he was murdered.

Tuesday afternoon, IMPD and the Marion County Prosecutor announced the charges against Adams. He was charged with murder, attempted robbery and carrying a handgun without a license. His case will be handled in adult court.

Ordaz said he’s happy he had a hand in helping solve the case.

“It hit us too. You know, it’s like losing a family member when you listen to something like that,” he said.

James Deamus-el, Trapuzzano’s neighbor, said the arrest puts the community at ease.

“I guess you can say that because you don’t have to worry about no one out 2 and 3 o’clock in the morning doing non-sense,” he said.

Tammy Johns echoed the same feeling.

“I am so thrilled they have found somebody,” said Johns, “It feels good; it feels like we can rest now and not worry about everything.”

Investigators said Adams is no stranger to the criminal system. He was shot the same day Trapuzzano was killed. He’s also suspected in a March 30 aggravated assault case. He was being held Tuesday at the Juvenile Detention Center.

The second suspect in the video has been interviewed by police. He has not been charged or arrested.

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