Three Arrested In Columbus Homicide Investigation

(COLUMBUS) – Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Columbus man outside Tool Dynamics, at 835 South Marr Road in Columbus.

On the evening of February 26th, Columbus Police officers were called to the factory parking lot and found 37-year-old Leobardo Rodriguez Flores, of Columbus, dead from a gunshot wound to his face.

The Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team, which consists of representatives from the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office was activated to investigate Leobardo’s death.

From Left to Right – Eliel Avelar, Abraham Jimenez-Cesareo, Eladia Jacobo-Ortiz

Police arrested 35-year-old Abraham Jimenez Cesareo and 34-year-old Eladia Jacobo-Ortiz, both of Columbus, on preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit serious bodily injury, a Level 5 Felony. Both are incarcerated in the Bartholomew County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

An arrest warrant was issued for 31-year-old Eliel Avelar, of Midlothian, Illinois on a charge of murder. Avelar was arrested by the U.S. Marshall’s Office at a hotel in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently incarcerated in Cook County, Illinois. Local law enforcement officers have traveled to Illinois in regards to this ongoing investigation.