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Marion County prosecutor: Man killed 3 others during 4-day ‘purge’

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Marion County prosecutor says a teenager who went on a “four-day, one-man purge” faces three murder charges and other counts.

Prosecutor Terry Curry said Wednesday that 19-year-old Johnathan Cruz of Indianapolis faces a total of 17 charges including robbery, intimidation and a criminal gang enhancement.

He says Cruz fatally shot Billy Boyd and Jay Higgenbotham on May 12 and Jose Ruiz on May 16.

Curry says Cruz making comments to others and on social media about “purging,” a reference to the 2013 movie “The Purge” about a 12-hour period in which crimes can be committed without fear of prosecution.

Cruz already was in jail in an unrelated case. A message seeking comment was left for his public defender in that case.

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