Man arrested for the murder of Sara Blackwood

Johnny Viverette Jr. (Photo courtesy of PlanetTransgender)

INDIANAPOLIS — Johnny Viverette Jr., 32, has been arrested for the murder of trans woman Sara Blackwood, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Monday. Viverette is preliminarily charged with murder, robbery, and possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender. He will make a court appearance Tuesday morning to be formally charged.

Sara Blackwood was murdered walking while walking home from work on October 11. IMPD responding to a report of gunshots found her in the vicinity of 2500 block of East Washington St. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

Indy Star reports that according to a probable cause affidavit, Blackwood was walking home from work at Long John Silver’s when Viverette shot her, taking her purse with credit card, ID and phone.

Surveillance video from the scene reviewed by police shows a red Ford Mustang with paint missing from the bumper turn onto the road Blackwood was on at around 9:55 p.m, the affidavit says.

A person gets out of the car and is later seen on another video confronting Blackwood.

“The suspect immediately presents their arms as if they are pointing a firearm and appears to pull Sara into the front yard near bushes,” the report says.

A flash is then seen on the surveillance video, and a spent bullet and casing were found near the area of the flash, according to police. The suspect left on foot and returned some hours later for the car.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).