IMPD Homicide detectives make an arrest related to weekend murder

INDIANAPOLIS – February 15, 2018, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) arrested 21-year-old Dionte Owens for his role in the homicide which occurred May 7, 2017 in the 1000 block of N. Rural Street.

Dionte Owens

IMPD Homicide detectives worked with the Marion County Prosecutors Officer and were granted a warrant for the arrest of Dionte Owens for murder in December of 2017.  During the early morning hours of February 15, 2018, Officers with the IMPD Violent Crimes Unit in collaboration with the U.S. Marshals task force were able to locate and arrest Dionte Owens in the 300 block of N. Oakland Avenue.

The investigation began after a man was found shot on the city’s northeast side.

On 5.7.17 at approximately 7:42 a.m., officers with IMPD were dispatched to the area of 1000 N. Rural Street reference a man down in the alley.  When officers arrived they noticed that the male had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Martel “Chicago” Thomas.

The IMPD would like to thank the U.S. Marshals for assistance in this and many other cases. The IMPD would also like to recognize the work done by the Violent Crimes Unit who work diligently to get the most violent offenders off the streets of Indianapolis.  The Indianapolis community is essential in helping to identify those involved in elicit and/or illegal activity.  Because of your help we are making Indianapolis a better place for all.  We are, One City.

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