Suspect arrested in Westfield double murders

Police say Erb home was not randomly targeted

A suspect has been taken into custody in the double murder of a Westfield mother and daughter.

Westfield police announced Thursday evening that Christian Rene Haley, 20, of Indianapolis, was taken into custody on multiple preliminary felony charges, including two counts of murder, one count of robbery and one count of burglary.

On Dec 20., family members alerted police that they had found the bodies of Marylyn  Erb, 52, and Kelley Erb, 23, in their home near 161st Street and Oak Park Court in Westfield.

Police later said the women died from blunt-force trauma after an apparent break-in robbery.

Westfield police said they have determined the victims' home was not randomly selected, though did not elaborate.

Police later confirmed the suspect is a former employee of Todd Erb, husband and father of the two victims.

Haley is not the same as a man identified earlier in the week as a person of interest in the case. Police said that unidentified man had been interviewed, but would not comment further.

The double murder shocked the small Hamilton County community. According to Mayor Andy Cook, the homicides were the first the city has seen in five years.

Neighbor Ralph Wendel said the past week has been extremely stressful for everyone in his area.

"Every time you go to bed and lay your head on the pillow, you think, 'That could happen to me,'" he said.

Wendel said the news that a suspect had been arrested came as a relief to the neighborhood.

"We were praying that they would find somebody right away so it would ease the tension in this area for sure," he said.

Police have yet to release any information on the circumstances of the arrest or the tip that led them to Haley.

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