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LPD renews call for information in three unsolved cases

Lafayette police are renewing a call for information in three unsolved crimes that happened just 11 days apart.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 6:59 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette police are renewing a call for information in three unsolved crimes that happened just 11 days apart. Detectives are continuing to investigate two shootings and a homicide in the city this year.

With no one behind bars, Lafayette Police Chief Pat Flannelly is hoping the public can provide more information. 

"The better the information we get and the sooner that we get it, the more actionable it becomes," Flannelly said. 

Here's what we know:

Shooting outside Biltmore Tap Room:

Police said a man was shot twice in the early morning hours on Jan. 28 outside the Biltmore Tap Room after a fight spilled into the streets. Officers do not believe the man was involved in the fight inside or outside the bar.

When officers arrived at the bar on South 4th Street, they couldn't find a suspect or victims.

Police later learned of a gunshot victim at an area hospital. Lt. Brian Phillips said at the time, the victim was inside the bar and then left. While he was outside, he was shot in the abdomen and the right forearm. He was taken to the hospital by a friend, according to police. Police said they believed his injuries were non-life-threatening.

Police said witnesses reported seeing several vehicles and people leaving the scene. 

7th Street Shooting:

Lafayette police said a man was shot on Feb. 4 near the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Officers said around 11:30 p.m., police were called to the 100 block of South 7th Street. An 18-year-old man told police he was walking on the sidewalk behind the library when he was approached by another an wearing all black clothing. Police said the victim then told police he was shot in the right shoulder.

Officers said the victim then ran to a friend's house, where police responded. The man was taken to the hospital and treated for his injury. He is expected to survive, according to officers.

The suspect was described as slender and about six feet tall.

Hart Street Homicide:

Police were called to the 1300 block of Hart Street around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 after a relative of Lisa Heinsen, 52, asked for LPD to do a well-being check. Officers arrived and found Heinsen dead.

Lafayette police said they want to speak to a man in connection to the homicide. Officers said 62-year-old Juan Manuel Roano was known to frequently visit the home and is a person of interest.

Police said Roano's white 2002 Nissan Xterra was found in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 11. 

Roano is believed to be armed and dangerous. Police said do not approach him. 

This was the city's first homicide of 2019, officers said.

Flannelly wasn't able to say if LPD was working with investigators in Texas or Mexico, but said detectives will go wherever to solve this case.

"I am always hopeful that we will solve them soon," said Flannelly. "We are pretty good at solving our homicides so we wont stop until it is solved."

While there may have been an increase during this week and a half, Flannely said there is nothing the community needs to worry about. He says overall case numbers were down in 2018.

"For the average person that that's going about their daily lives, the chances of this happening to you are almost non-existent," said Flannelly. 

If you have any information in these cases or others call Lafayette Police at (765) 807-1200 or the anonymous WeTip line at 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

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