December 27, 2013, Westfield, Indiana, (WISHTV) — Police have arrested a 20-year-old Indianapolis man in connection with last Friday’s double homicide in Westfield.
Investigators say 52-year-old Marylyn Erb and her daughter, 23-year-old Kelley Erb, were beaten to death inside their home on Oak Park Court, during a home invasion.
Police said Thursday they’d arrested 20-year-old Christian Rene Haley, of Indianapolis.
He’s facing two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, and one count each of robbery, burglary, and theft.
Police spokesperson Captain Charles Hollowell says the Erb’s home was not randomly selected. He says Christian Haley was an ex-employee of Todd Erb, Marylyn’s husband and Kelley’s dad.
Hollowell wouldn’t elaborate on why then Haley picked the Erb house, what led up to the crime, or what happened inside that house.
He said numerous tips led investigators to Haley, and they worked with multiple agencies to find and arrest him.
Haley was interviewed and transported to the Hamilton County Jail.
Detectives say the man in the surveillance pictures released last week, has been located and has been questioned by police, but is not in custody. Police wouldn’t say what his involvement in the crime was.
Captain Charles Hollowell thanked the agencies who aided the Westfield Police Department: including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Carmel Police Department, Noblesville Police Department, Hamilton County Prosecutors Office, Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Lawrence Police Department, and the US Marshalls.
Hollowell said he also was glad to let the public know a suspect was in custody.
“For the public, to give them some type of sign… And let them know that when things happen we’re going to do our investigation, and we’re going to do a thorough investigation. We worked around the clock, on this. Ever since last Friday we’ve worked this case,” he explained.
The Westfield Mayor also released a statement Thursday night.
“Our police force worked tirelessly around the clock trying to solve this senseless crime,” says Mayor Andy Cook. “Westfield prides itself in being named one of the best places to live and one of the safest communities in the country. The fast acting police work over the past few days proves that Westfield employs some of the best police officers in the state and will continue to be one of the safest cities in Indiana and the country.”
Captain Hollowell wouldn’t say whether police are looking for any other suspects, but said this case remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Westfield Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (317) 773-1300 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).