Police arrest teen in connection with killing of Nathan Trapuzzano

Adams faces murder, robbery charges

INDIANAPOLIS - Officials announced Tuesday afternoon that they made an arrest in connection with the killing of Nathan Trapuzzano.

Simeon Adams, 16, of Indianapolis, was arrested in connection with the April 1 killing, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

Trapuzzano, 24, was fatally shot in the 3500 block of West 16th Street  while he was on his early-morning walk.

Adams faces charges of murder, felony murder, attempted robbery and carrying a handgun without a license, officials said. Police said Adams has been involved in the criminal justice system before .

Adams is currently being held at the Juvenile Detention Center. He is recovering from a gunshot wound he received during an incident on April 1 in the 1100 block of West 35th Street, police said.

Adams is also charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and carrying a handgun without a license in the unrelated March 30 shooting of Erick Douglas. Police said Douglas was shot twice during an argument outside a business in the 2900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Officials said Adams is suspected in an April 1 early-morning vehicle break-in in the 2300 block of West 16th Street hours before Trapuzzano was killed. Surveillance video showed similar "distinctive clothing" in both cases. Police located Adams just before midnight on April 1 at Eskenazi Health where he was suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. Police said his clothing matched the clothes in the surveillance video.

Police said although surveillance video showed two suspects at the scene of Trapuzzano's killing, there are no charges at this time against anyone else. No other suspects are in custody, but police have identified the second suspect.

Trapuzzano, a software engineer, was recently married and was expecting his first child. 

His widow posted the following message on a support page on Facebook:

"Today has been extra rough. It's been one week and I still can't comprehend that this is all real. The police have reported the suspect of my husband's murder was only 16. Oh how my already wounded heart aches to hear this. Nate always said one of the greatest crimes in the world today is how many babies grow up without their father. I don't know this man's circumstances but it hurts to hear that such a young man could turn to such violence. Please pray for his conversion."

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