Late word: Suspect waives extradition to Colorado staff report
RYE/PUEBLO/DENVER — After over a month on the run, the named suspect in a late November triple murder in Rye, CO was arrested in an Oklahoma motel Saturday night. Harry Mapps, 59, the prime suspect in the shooting deaths of Kim Tuttle, 55; husband Reggie Tuttle, 51; and daughter Dawn Roderick, 33 was arrested at a motel in Roland, Okla., on Saturday night, said Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County Sheriff. Authorities believe Mapps set fire to the Tuttles’ Rye home in an attempt to cover up the killings. The victims’ bodies were found by firefighters responding to a fire at the home November 27. A booking photo showed him with a swollen lip and large red patch on his right cheek, but authorities said there had been no struggle. No other details of his arrest were released. Taylor said Mapps was found using information developed by the U.S. Marshals Service in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. The Marshals Service had issued a fugitive warrant for Mapps and said authorities were searching for him nationwide. Three days after the fire, Pueblo sheriff’s officials said Mapps was their primary suspect. Authorities said he had been living with the Tuttles and was working for Reggie Tuttle’s trucking company. Taylor said money appeared to be the motive for the shootings. Authorities claimed Mapps stole checks made out to one of the victims and cashed them on the day of the fire. Surveillance photos from banks in Pueblo and La Junta show Mapps in his blue mini-van allegedly cashing checks that totaled $8,000. He also faces theft, identity theft and forgery charges related to the stolen financial documents. “It was just good old-fashioned detective work,” Charles Ahmad, enforcement supervisor for the marshals told the Associated Press. “We received over 100 tips, and we followed up on each and every one of them.” “There are a lot of people who will breathe easier knowing Harry Carl Mapps is in custody, and our gratitude goes out to the law enforcement agencies nationwide who worked to locate this fugitive, specifically those in the Roland community and the U.S. Marshals Service,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor told Reuters news service over the weekend. Mapps wasn’t armed when he was arrested and is currently being held at Sequoyah County Jail in Sallisaw, Okla.