INDIANAPOLIS — Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Clark County judges Drew Adams and Brad Jacobs last week in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday that 23-year-old Alfredo Vazquez and 41-year-old Brandon Kaiser were in custody in Marion County for their alleged roles in the shooting of the two judges at a downtown Indianapolis White Castle just before 3:30 a.m. on May 1. The judges had been in town for a statewide judicial conference; they remain hospitalized.
According to IMPD Detective Ron Clayton, Vazquez and Kaiser had been at a downtown bar when they were kicked out between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Surveillance video from the bar showed the two men wearing the same clothing as the men in the White Castle surveillance video, a probable cause affidavit states.
During a stakeout of Kaiser’s home over the weekend, he was seen going out to a vehicle in the driveway, retrieving something and going back into the house. When police knocked, Kaiser didn’t answer the door and ignored PA announcements to come outside. SWAT officers responded to Kaiser's home, which he finally exited and was taken into custody. When officers found Vazquez, he was driving the blue Ford SUV seen in the video.
Detectives obtained search warrants and canvassed Vazquez's and Kaiser's residences, where they recovered a 9mm semi automatic handgun with a loaded magazine under a mattress. Police had recovered 9mm shells at the shooting scene.
During questioning, Vazquez told detectives he was fighting one of the men, identified by video as Jacobs, and had stopped his assault because he hit and beat the man too much and felt he had had enough, according to the affidavit. Surveillance video shows Kaiser pulling a gun from his waistband and shooting Andrews in the stomach before walking over to Jacobs and shooting him in the chest. When Jacobs fell to the ground onto his back, and while Vazquez held him down, Kaiser placed the barrel to the center of Jacobs' chest and shot him a second time, the affidavit states. The suspects then got into the SUV and sped off.
Kaiser and Vazquez are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday morning.
At a news conference Tuesday in Jeffersonville, spokesman for the judges, attorney Larry Wilder, and Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel addressed media on the news of the arrests. Although formal charges haven't been filed, Wilder said Kaiser is preliminarily charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, and Vazquez is preliminarily charged with assisting a criminal for allegedly driving the car from the shooting scene.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Marion County Prosecutor's Office continue to investigate the case.
"They believe that there's enough evidence at this point to assert that one individual took a gun with the intent to take the life of Drew Adams ... and Brad Jacobs — and fired that gun," Wilder said.
"That is a belief that is expressed by that charge that there was no justification for that individual to fire those shots at those two men who are my friends and our judges."
Kaiser and Vazquez were arrested without incident over the weekend. Wilder said the two judges' first questions upon learning of the arrests were to make sure no one had been hurt during detainment of the suspects.
"There was this fear that in trying to apprehend them, someone else may be shot and injured," he said.
Noel said the sheriff's office has been assisting Indianapolis law enforcement in any way it can. He said that while the shooting is still believed to have been a random act of violence and not related to the judges' profession, they are being provided extra security at the hospital.
Jacobs is recovering in Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital while Adams is in IU Health Methodist. Senior judges will be filling their roles on the bench while they are out, Wilder said previously.
The IMPD previously reported that the judges had been in the White Castle parking lot when they and another group got into an argument which turned physical before shots were fired. Police released a partial video clip Friday which shows two men pull up in a vehicle and get out and start walking toward the door of the restaurant near where the judges were standing.
Jacobs' condition just following the shooting was critical; he has since been upgraded to stable. Adams' condition is also stable.
"I was glad that we had the best outcome that we could have had with this act of violence," Noel said.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.