Crime Watch 8

IMPD in search for 2 people of interest after Oct. 30 murder of 27-year-old man

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police are in search of two additional people of interest regarding a murder of a 27-year-old man on Oct. 30.

Kevan Akbar, 27, was found shot inside his vehicle and was in critical condition on Oct. 29 and died in the early morning on Oct. 30 at a hospital. His death was ruled as a homicide, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The Marion County Coroner’s Office determined his cause of death, although that information was not included in a news release issued Wednesday night by IMPD.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29, police responded a report of a person shot at the BP gas station at 6010 E. 30th St. That’s on the city’s northeast side.

On Nov. 22, Tiyuan Johnson, 18, of Indianapolis, was arrested and charged with the murder of Akbar, who was found shot in his car.

According to court docs, surveillance footage shows a woman leaving the gas station and getting into Akbar’s car. Two men later are seen entering and exiting the gas station several times prior to the shooting.

As Akbar and the woman talked in his car, two men ran from the side of the gas station to Akbar’s car, and both pulled guns on Akbar as he sat in the car, according to court docs. One of the men fired a shot through the windshield hitting Akbar. Both men then were seen fleeing the gas station in the video.

Investigators collected evidence at the site of the shooting that included a silver iPhone. Court docs say that “the silver iPhone was in front of the driver side tire next to where the subject who fired the shot at Akbar was standing.”

The home screen on the silver iPhone showed a shirtless man “holding a large sum of money with a handgun sticking out of his pants,” court papers say.

On Nov. 2, detectives received an anonymous tip saying Johnson was involved in the shooting.

Detectives viewed the “photograph of Johnson and confirmed that he matched the description of the subject on the surveillance video….and the photograph on the home screen from the recovered silver iPhone,” court documents say.

During an interview with police, Johnson fully confessed to his role in the shooting.

Johnson was formally charged with murder on Tuesday in Marion Superior Court 28. His next hearing has been set for Jan. 18, online court records show.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact Detective James Hurt at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or by e-mail at james.hurt@indy.gov.

News 8’s digital journalists Ashley Fowler and Kyla Russell contributed to this story.