Murder suspect captured in Incline Village after manhunt
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A manhunt for a murder suspect at Lake Tahoe ended with an arrest Thursday afternoon.
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and partnering agencies spent 12 and a half hours searching for Amador County fugitive in Incline Village before he was apprehended.
Sean Purdy, 20, is wanted in connection with a homicide in the neighboring Amador County town of Pine Grove, California.
The Amador County sheriff’s office said Purdy’s mother reported Wednesday that she was concerned about her husband, 52-year-old Lance Purdy, after he flew home to check on their son in Pine Grove but never heard back from him.
A neighbor witnessed the son leaving the family home quickly in a 2017 blue Subaru Outback and subsequently discovered a large amount of blood in and around the residence, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives tracked Sean Purdy’s cellular phone to the north shore of Lake Tahoe where a search was started when he was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy at 1 a.m. at the 7-11 on Tahoe Blvd. and Village Blvd. He immediately fled on foot.
Throughout the day, WCSO expanded their search area until he was finally found in the area of Memorial Point, south of Incline Village.
According to a post on Facebook from Uber Driver Dean Lavorante, Purdy requested an Uber and Lyft driver using his real name. The Lyft driver called the sheriff’s office when he recognized Purdy.
WCSO deployed K9 units and a RAVEN helicopter and was joined by Nevada Highway Patrol, U.S Marshall and Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
“We have to appreciate when people step up and work that hard for the safety of the community,” WSCO Public Information Officer Bob Harmon said.
He will be booked in Washoe County on local charges of obstructing justice and resisting arrest. Amador County will continue investigating the homicide.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has expanded its search for a fugitive that was spotted early Thursday morning on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
Sean Purdy, 20, is a fugitive from Amador County wanted in connection with a homicide.
He was spotted at 1 a.m. Thursday by a sheriff’s deputy at the 7-Eleven on Lake Tahoe Blvd. and Village Blvd.
After being spotted, Purdy immediately fled on foot.
WCSO Public Information Officer Bob Harmon said due to the amount of time the search has been going on, they’ve expanded their search perimeter.
WCSO has deployed K9 units and a Raven helicopter. Nevada Highway Patrol and Placer County Sheriff’s Office are also helping with the search.
Purdy is described as being 6-feet tall, 200 pounds with blonde hair and wearing a black jacket.
WCSO is asking Incline residents to be alert and report any suspicious activity.