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Press release: Bloomington Police Arrest Fatal Hit-and-Run Suspect

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo sent the following press release to The Bloomingtonian Monday:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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January 18, 2021

Bloomington Police Arrest Fatal Hit-and-Run Suspect

On January 16th, 2021 at approximately 11:32 p.m., officers from the Bloomington Police Department responded to the intersection of W 17th Street and N Kinser Pike in reference to a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival, officers located two involved vehicles in the front yard of a residence on the northeast corner of the intersection. One of the vehicles involved, a maroon 1990 Ford Mustang, was found to have a sole occupant entrapped in the driver’s seat. The other vehicle involved, a black 1996 Toyota 4Runner, was found to be unoccupied. It was determined that the driver of the 4Runner had fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers.

The driver of the Ford Mustang was extricated and transported to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital with serious injuries. He was eventually identified as an 18 year-old man from Poland, Indiana. Once at the hospital, the man succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and was declared deceased.

Investigators were able to develop probable cause that the driver of the 4Runner that had fled the scene was Joshua J. Mullins, 42, of Dekalb, Illinois. Officers checked several locations for Mullins but were unable to locate him during the early morning hours of January 17th. However, at approximately 1:00 p.m. on January 17th, officers received a tip that Mullins may be at the Wheeler Mission Center for Men in the 200 block of S Westplex Avenue. Officers responded to the address and located Mullins, who was taken into custody without incident. Mullins was transported to the Bloomington Police Department for an interview with investigators.

Upon the completion of the interview, Joshua J. Mullins was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded for the following charge:

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, level 4 felony.

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Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Attached is a booking photo for Joshua Mullins.”

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