HANCOCK COUNTY — An Indianapolis man who police say recklessly fired a gun in a McCordsville neighborhood during a fight, damaging homes and cars, faces six felony charges, records show.
No one was injured, but prosecutors said Trevaughn J. Keene damaged property and put the public at risk when he raised a gun and fired during an altercation last summer. Keene, 21, 5909 Devington Road, Apartment 6, Indianapolis, was arrested Friday and appeared before a judge Monday afternoon; he pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Keene faces two counts of intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, as well as two counts of criminal recklessness and two counts of pointing a firearm, both Level 6 felonies.
Neighbors called 911 in late August after hearing gunshots in the area of North County Road 700W and Austin Trace Boulevard in McCordsville, police said.
Witnesses said a man riding in a green Chevrolet Impala stopped along the 6900 block of County Road 700W, climbed out of his car and shot at another vehicle that had stopped nearby, police said.
Local police traced the incident back to an 911 call received earlier day by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, who received a report of shots fired at an Indianapolis home.
In that report, a woman accused Jasmine Johnson, 18, 232 Legends Creek Place, Apartment 101, Indianapolis, of sending a text threatening “to shoot her grandmother’s house up,” court records state.
Johnson and the woman — as well as several of their friends — met at a park in Lawrence to fight, police said. During the fight, two of the women involved got into a car to leave, and Keene, who drove Johnson to the park, pulled out a gun, court records state.
The women drove away, and Johnson gave chase with Keene in the passenger’s seat, following them into the Austin Trace neighborhood in McCordsville, records state.
Hanging out the passenger’s side window, Keene shot toward the women, damaging the other car, court records state. Several homeowners in the area also reported damage to their property, police said.
One of the women estimated Keene fired five to 10 times, reports state.
Once they entered the neighborhood, Johnson stopped, and Keene got out, walked toward the other car and told the driver to turn the car off while pointing a handgun at her, according to court records.
The women stayed in the car, and Keene didn’t fire again, they said.
Eventually, Keene got back in the car he was riding in, and he and Johnson left the neighborhood, records state.
In the days following the incident, IMPD arrested Keene on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated criminal charge; during the that arrest, officers recovered the gun police believe Keene fired in McCordsville, reports state.
When police showed one of the women a collection of photographs, she identified Keene as the man who shot at her, according to court documents. Keene was transported to Hancock County late last week, record show.
Johnson is also charged in the incident; she faces a charge of intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor. Her case is pending in Hancock County Superior Court 2. Johnson was released from Hancock County Jail on Oct. 13 on $600 bond.
Keene is scheduled to appear before a judge again on May 11. He’s currently being held in the Hancock County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
The Level 5 felonies he faces carry a penalty of one to six years and up to $10,000 in fines; the Level 6 felonies carry a penalty of six months to 2.5 years and $10,000 in fines.