Capitol Police Officers Arrest Two Men for Breaking Into Cars Near Indiana Statehouse

Downtown Indianapolis 2023 (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Staff report written from press release

Indianapolis, Indiana – September 16, 2023

Indiana State Police Capitol Police Officers apprehended two Indianapolis men on September 14, 2023, following a report of suspicious activity in the heart of the city. At approximately 12:35 p.m., officers responded to a call concerning two individuals seen peering into vehicles within the Washington Street Parking Garage located at 401 W. Washington Street.

The vigilant caller provided a detailed description of the suspects, prompting two officers to locate and investigate the men within the parking garage. Subsequent inquiries led to the apprehension of both individuals, identified as 19-year-old Malachi Allen and 19-year-old Jeremiah Johnson.

Investigators found that Allen and Johnson were allegedly in possession of various stolen items, including a stolen handgun, bank cards bearing different names, and a sum of cash. Further investigation led authorities to discover at least one vehicle that had been forcibly entered by the suspects.

Both Allen and Johnson were subsequently transported to the Indiana State Police Post for comprehensive investigation and later transferred to the Marion County Jail. They now face preliminary charges, including:

  • Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle (B Misdemeanor)
  • Theft of a Firearm (Level 5 Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief Under $750 in Damage (B Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Stolen Property (A Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Stolen Property (Level 5 Felony)

The Indiana State Capitol Police are urging community members to promptly dial 911 to report any suspicious activity. In this particular case, a 911 call, complemented by video surveillance, played a pivotal role in assisting law enforcement with their investigation.

It’s important to note that the charges listed are considered accusations and were employed as probable cause for the arrests. The formal criminal charges will be determined by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office upon a comprehensive review of the case. As is the principle in the American legal system, all suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

For additional information or inquiries, please contact Sgt. John Perrine, Public Information Officer for the Indiana State Police, at 317-899-8287.

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