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January 11, 2014

Attempted murder suspect captured

Man charged in the August beating and stabbing of victim found on sidewalk.

INDIANAPOLIS — The search for a Tipton man wanted for attempted murder ended Thursday evening when Tipton police tracked him down after he made death threats to a local resident.

Kokomo police have been looking for Zachary Scott, 24, since an arrest warrant was issued Dec. 19 charging him with attempted murder and aggravated battery stemming from the stabbing and beating of David Parr in August on North Purdum Street.

Sgt. Brian Dellarosa of the Tipton Police Department said Scott was picked up at the Catalina Motel on Indianapolis’ west side.

Dellarosa tracked Scott’s cellphone to Indianapolis after Scott allegedly threatened another person’s life over the phone.

Scott is being held at the Marion County jail awaiting transfer to the Howard County jail.

Once police tracked Scott to the motel, the SWAT team was called in to assist in the arrest, Dellarosa said.

Scott briefly barricaded himself in a motel room and refused to come out. After police threatened to send in a police dog, Scott surrendered without incident, Dellarosa said.

Kokomo police say Scott was one of four people charged in the Aug. 24 stabbing.

On that day, police found Parr, 43, unconscious and unresponsive on a sidewalk suffering from an apparent stab wound to the chest and other injuries.

The probable cause affidavit stated Parr suffered multiple fractures to his face, a punctured left lung, a ruptured diaphragm, a lacerated spleen and two puncture wounds to his chest. He was transported to an Indianapolis hospital and has since been released.

Several neighbors and acquaintances of Parr told police they heard people arguing in front of a house and later saw Parr lying on the sidewalk, the affidavit stated.

Police have already arrested three others, Spencer T. Graham, 24, Tipton, Mariah K. Hankins, 21, Marion, and Charles Estep, 23, Cicero, on charges of aggravated battery for assisting in the beating and stabbing of Parr.

The charging information stated Scott allegedly stabbed Parr in retribution for an incident at Westville Correctional Facility. Hankins allegedly drove the men to the area where Parr was beaten and stabbed, the probable cause affidavit stated. Estep and Graham were charged for assisting Scott in carrying out the crime.

Mike Fletcher, crime and courts reported can be reached at 765-454-8565, or mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com.

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