IMPD on Blackburn: ‘We know who killed her’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Local and state police spoke Friday morning about the slaying of a pregnant Indianapolis wife and mother.

At a 10 a.m. news conference, officials from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were joined by other agencies to talk about the case and other ongoing homicide investigations in Indianapolis.

“There’s a threat to justice everywhere,” IMPD Chief Rick Hite said.

Hite and other members of IMPD had a strong message for the public and for the criminals responsible for the ongoing crime in the city: they’re upset.

“The goal is to let criminals know, we own the neighborhoods,” IMPD Captain Lorenzo Lewis said.

In talking about a series of homicides in Indianapolis this year, including the cases of Dominique Allen, Nathan Trapuzzano, and Baby Janna, IMPD Major Eric Hench explained that the random homicides “shake us to our core.”

On Thursday, police had released very little information in the murder of Amanda Blackburn. At Friday’s news conference, officials confirmed they had a number of leads in the case.

“We know who killed her. We don’t know his name,” said IMPD Captain Craig Converse.

Officials say they received surveillance video of the male suspect from cameras around the neighborhood but were holding off on releasing his identity for investigative purposes. According to police, the suspect in Blackburn’s murder is accused of breaking into a home just two doors down from the Blackburns’ house. Officials believe the two crimes are connected.

Blackburn’s death was Indianapolis’ 129th homicide of 2015. According to sources within IMPD, Blackburn was shot three times. Sources say the suspect was in a stolen vehicle and later ditched that vehicle at 40th and Rookwood.

“For those who killed Amanda, we are coming,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said.

When talking about suspects, Chief Hite said “it could be multiple people.”

If you have any information that could assist police in Amanda Blackburn’s murder investigation, or other homicides in Indianapolis, you’re urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Your tip will be kept anonymous.

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