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Murder suspect had prior arrest warrant

Patricia Hickson


A man arrested last week in connection with the death of a former South Lake Tahoe resident was issued an arrest warrant by the Justice Court of Incline Village earlier this month.

Brian Snapp, 23, of McDermitt, Nev., was arrested in Humboldt County Nov. 9 on suspicion of committing murder by using a deadly weapon the day after Paul Lowe, 25, was allegedly attacked by Snapp and two other men in his Reno apartment, police reports said.

Just two days before his arrest, the Incline Justice Court issued a warrant for Snapp’s arrest based on his failure to pay a fine for damage to a vehicle.

At 1 a.m. July 17, Incline deputies responded to a fight near a 7-Eleven store. Deputy Gregory Larramendy arrested Snapp for throwing rocks at an occupied vehicle. One rock dented the widow frame of the vehicle, the other broke through the right rear passenger window.

On Aug. 23 Incline Justice Court Judge James Mancuso sentenced Snapp to two days in jail and a $200 fine in addition to ordering him to make restitution to the vehicle he damaged if a claim was made.

Because Snapp pleaded poverty at his court hearing, he was given an extended time frame of three months to pay his fine.

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On Nov. 7 the court issued a warrant for Snapp’s arrest based on his failure to comply with paying his fine within the given time limit.

“It was an arrest that was a precursor of violence – he went from property damage to murder,” Mancuso said.