Police chief: Tips led to arrest of alleged gunman who skipped from convenience store shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS — Tips from the public led to the arrest of a suspect who police say was caught on surveillance video skipping away from the scene of the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis convenience store clerk, police said Thursday.

Desi Thomas, 22, of Indianapolis was being held without bond in the slaying of Harry Briggs, 45, who died three days after being shot June 4 at Joe's Junction on the city's southwest side, court records showed. Thomas faced charges of murder, felony murder, robbery and using a gun while committing a robbery.

Police arrested Thomas on Wednesday after receiving multiple tips from the public and associates of the suspect that authorities said implicated him in the shooting.

"We probably had well over a hundred tips, many of them anonymous," Detective Doug Cook said during a news conference.

Some of tips came from people who recognized Thomas from the surveillance video that was broadcast on local television news reports, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Cook.

Two tips that came in the week after Briggs' death said Thomas was bragging about getting $300 in the robbery and using the money to buy marijuana, a new cellphone and shoes, the affidavit said.

Thomas' girlfriend lives near the convenience store, it said.

The gunman had entered the store, placed a gun against Briggs' head and told Briggs and another employee to turn over the money from the cash register, the affidavit said. The gunman then fired three shots, with two striking Briggs in the head, it said. The second employee then turned over all of the money, and surveillance video showed the gunman skipping across the parking lot.

The second employee and two customers were not injured.

Online court records show Thomas does not yet have an attorney. He faces an initial hearing Friday.

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