Man shot Lyft driver, stole car to drive to family function

A person shot and killed a Lyft driver in Indianapolis just before he bought new seat handles to disguise the bloodshed and then drove to a family functionality about two several hours away, in accordance to a law enforcement report.

Devin Powell was arrested and billed with the slaying of rideshare driver Anthony Garland, who was observed facedown and suffering quite a few gunshot wounds in the vicinity of Waterfront Parkway Drive, the Indianapolis Star documented.

Firefighters dispatched on an unrelated get in touch with in the area, in the vicinity of Waterfront Pointe Flats, identified Garland Thursday about 6 a.m. He had a seen head damage, blood near his facial area, blood stains on his shirt and legs, and what appeared to be 6 gunshot wounds, according to court docket paperwork. Authorities also observed a plastic bloody glove nearby.

Garland was pronounced useless on the scene. He was later identified many thanks to a lacking individuals investigation, sparked by a connect with from his anxious spouse, who reported to authorities that he unsuccessful to return household soon after the evening prior.

Information from Lyft discovered 24-calendar year-aged Powell was very last individual to simply call Garland for a experience prior to his loss of life. When they located him a several hrs later on, he was still driving Garland’s lacking white 2013 GMC Acadia, the Indianapolis Star documented. His cousin was also in the car or truck at the time and explained to authorities that it belonged to Powell and that he’d pushed to Merrillville to get pleasure from a household purpose.

The suspect initially told law enforcement he spotted the auto working and with the doorways open on Waterfront Parkway although he walked to a close by gas station. He claimed that “he viewed the vehicle for a couple of minutes and when no 1 arrived all-around, he acquired in the vehicle and drove it absent,” according to the affidavit.

When pressed about the car he asked for from Lyft, Powell confessed to the capturing, but alleged it was in self-defense and that Garland was “trying to screw him about and get his funds,” the affidavit said.

Powell also admitted to dumping Garland’s body alongside the facet of the street and paying for seat handles to conceal the crime that had just transpired. He then went house, modified his clothes and headed out to Merrillville.

Police explained bloodstains have been still seen on the centre console of the auto, and they took Powell into custody. He’s experiencing murder and theft prices.