21-Year-Old Arrested On Unrelated Warrant, Says 'I Didn't Do It'
8:46 AM, Jan 17, 2008
Police said they were questioning a man about the slayings of two children and two women after arresting him Thursday on an unrelated warrant at a north-side Indianapolis apartment building.SWAT officers arrested Zarumin Coleman, 21, on a warrant charging him with robbery at about 12:30 p.m. Officers began evacuating the building, located at 21st Street and Boulevard Place, about an hour beforehand after receiving a tip that someone involved in Monday night's Hovey Street killings might have been inside, police said.Though they were questioning Coleman (pictured) about the slayings, police did not call him a suspect in the case."(We) want to do everything possible to investigate this matter before we say with any degree of certainty that this individual has anything to do with this case or is not involved with it in any fashion," Indianapolis Police Chief Michael Spears said.Relatives of the four slain went to the building after hearing that police were there, and as police led Coleman from the building, officers had to step between the relatives and Coleman. At one point, Coleman told the relatives, "I didn't do it. I didn't do it," 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.Thinking someone else of interest might be inside, officers stayed at the building until 1:30 p.m. They left without making another arrest, Rinehart reported.Gina Hunt, 24; her 23-month-old son Jordan Hunt; Andrea Yarrell, 24; and Yarrell's 4-month-old daughter Charlii Yarrell were fatally shot Monday night in a house 3200 block of Hovey Street, police said.
Killed in a house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street were (from left to right, starting at top): Gina Hunt, 24; Hunt's son, Jordan Hunt, 23 months; Andrea Yarrell, 24; and Yarrell's 4-month-old daughter, Charlii.
Authorities said at least one person saw two unidentified men running from the house shortly after gunfire was heard there. Police haven't announced a motive in the slayings.Two handguns were found within a block of the home. On Thursday, sources close to the probe told 6News that investigators determined one of the guns was used in the killings.Indianapolis police and federal investigators have been working around the clock to determine who killed the four. Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson declared that there is a "special place in hell" for whoever was involved.Coleman has previous convictions on charges of attempted robbery, cocaine possession and dangerous possession of a firearm, 6News reported. The warrant on which Coleman was arrested was issued about two years ago.
Victims' Relatives Don't Recognize Coleman
Yarrell's mother and a cousin of Gina Hunt's -- both of whom were outside the apartment building when police led Coleman away -- said they didn't recognize Coleman."I just hope it's the right (person)," said Yarrell's mother, whom 6News didn't name.Hunt's cousin, speaking on condition of not being named, said she is thankful that the community has been supportive of the victims' families."It's a blessing that people are not keeping their mouths shut," she said of people who are cooperating with police. "It's a blessing that people are feeling our pain and knowing what we are going through."
Police Search Cars Near Apartment Building
The two-story apartment building that SWAT personnel surrounded is near Methodist Hospital. Numerous officers staged at the Shell gas station nearby at 21st Street and Capitol Avenue, and the trunks of several cars were searched.Traffic was blocked on 21st Street. People inside the apartment building were asked to leave and people inside a nearby day care center were told to stay away from doors and windows."(The children) were able to continue their day without interruption and still take a nap. It was a normal day for them," said the day care center's director, Alecia Barnes.