El Jaripeo target of probe; officials decline comment on warrants


Indiana State Police served sealed warrants to the employees at multiple Mexican restaurants around the state, including the El Jaripeo establishment in New Palestine and the one on East Washington Street in Indianapolis. (Kristy Deer/Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — Indiana State Police officers served search warrants at a restaurant on Main Street Monday morning. Investigators confiscated records, but no arrests were made.

Little information was released about the raid at the El Jaripeo Mexican restaurant in the first block of West Main Street. The Marion County prosecutor’s office is taking the lead in the investigation and would not comment on the warrants, which were sealed. The actions at El Jaripeo, however, were part of a larger operation, officials said.

“There are a number of search warrants being executed across the state,” said Peg McLeish, communications director for the Marion County prosecutor’s office. “This is an ongoing investigation, and it is a multicounty investigation, and that is all I can say at this time.”

State Police officers also shut down the El Jaripeo restaurant at 10417 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Both restaurants are owned by the same family, said Emmanuel Rosado, a real estate representative for the family.

He spoke for the family when the restaurant opened in New Palestine in early 2013. In a phone interview from Puerto Rico on Monday, Rosado said he was shocked to hear of the police investigation.

“I don’t know anything about it,” Rosado said.

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