INDIANAPOLIS –Just after 6:00 a.m., on November 4, 2017, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were called to the 1600 block of Nelson Avenue reference a deceased person. When officers arrived they located an adult male who was lying in the street who appeared to be deceased from a gunshot wound. Officers called for the assistance of the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) who arrived and pronounced the male deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives were called to the scene.
The Marion County Forensic Services Agency responded to assist with identifying and collected potential forensic evidence. The Marion County Coroner’s Office (MCCO) assisted in determining the exact manner and cause of death. The MCCO identified the victim in the homicide as 29-year-old Tarial Moncrief. Upon further investigation, Homicide detectives learned that during the course of the attempted robbery gunfire was exchanged between the homeowner and the suspects.
On January 19, 2018, IMPD Violent Crime Unit Detectives served an arrest warrant in the 1000 block of S. Randolph St. Detectives arrested 46-year-old Raymond Crabtree for his involvement in the homicide. Crabtree has been charged with Robbery and Murder. Crabtree was transported to the City-County Building by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The Marion County Prosecutors Office made a charging decision in this case.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS). Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest. Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards. Information given via Crime Stoppers should be considered anonymous.