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15-year-old arrested in murders of teen siblings at Indy apartment complex

Posted at 4:29 AM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 07:29:29-04

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Homicide detectives arrested a juvenile male for his involvement in a double homicide on the city's northeast side.

Just before 7:30 a.m., on August 23, 2019, officers of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were dispatched to 4135 Windhill Dr. for a person who had been shot. Officers located 15-year-old Ashlynn Nelson and her brother, 16-year-old Nicholas Nelson, inside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. IEMS responded to the location and pronounced both deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives were called to the scene.

Just as the initial officers drove up, a male proceeded to run from the officers. A foot pursuit ensued and the IMPD SWAT team, K-9 officers and the IMPD Drone searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency responded to assist in identifying and collecting potential forensic evidence. The Marion County Coroner will be assisting and will determine the exact manner and cause of death.

On August 26, 2019, just after 12:30 p.m., homicide detectives arrested a 15-year-old male for his involvement in the homicides. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case and make a charging decision.

The residents in this area have played a significant role in their commitment to this family and the community. We continue to urge anyone with information about this incident to 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 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.