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11/9/2012 10:00:00 PM
Man accused of beating family with shovel arrested: Former tenant who allegedly stole truck, dogs caught in W. Va.
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

Eric Stephen Tuttle, accused of beating a Seligman couple in their 70s and their 54-year-old daughter with a shovel before stealing their pickup truck and three dogs, was arrested in Wheeling, W. Va., Thursday afternoon, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman.

Tuttle, 39, was wanted on assault and robbery charges, said spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn. He was staying on the victims' property in the Bridge Canyon Estates, but when the family asked him to leave he turned violent, D'Evelyn said.

On Tuesday at about 2 p.m., he reportedly assaulted a 54-year-old woman in a car, keeping her father from helping her by locking him out, D'Evelyn said.

When Tuttle got out, he allegedly attacked the man with a shovel, then turned on the woman with the shovel as well, D'Evelyn said.

Tuttle then allegedly moved the father and daughter, along with her 77-year-old mother, into a travel trailer, threatened to kill them and ordered them to sit together, D'Evelyn said. He had the daughter bind her parents' hands with duct tape, and then wrapped her hands.

He left in the family's white Dodge Ram pickup, taking the family's three dogs with him.

D'Evelyn said YCSO detectives had been getting tips about Tuttle's movements as he headed toward the East coast and relayed them to other law enforcement agencies.

On Wednesday, Tuttle was involved in a pursuit in Missouri as law enforcement spotted the stolen truck, but he got away.

The last tip led deputies from the Ohio County, W.Va., Sheriff's Office to a department store, where the deputies took Tuttle by surprise and arrested him, D'Evelyn said.

The Ohio County deputies recovered one of the family's dogs, but Tuttle claimed the other two were lost "somewhere in Arizona," D'Evelyn said.

Tuttle was booked in Ohio County on a YCSO warrant charging,

among other crimes, assault and auto theft. His bond was set at $100,000, and extradition procedures are pending.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: In the boonies

Forget the shovel. That nice 38 I carry in my purse would done the job. Now to all you non gunners, I have a concealed weapons permit obtained before we all were allowed to carry concealed. Nobody will ever take my dogs. Tick tock I think guns can beat a shovel and I have no problem using the trigger. By the way I have some more loaded guns laying around, no kids and we have a stun gun.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ Shovel the Manure

My rather nasty aren't you? Maybe we should be worried about you.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: READ THIS

Money is neither good nor bad. It
depends upon what you do with it. Guns are neither good nor bad. It depends upon what you do with them.....

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Shovel the manure from your cranium

If I were in that Aurora, CO theater I would have preferred the nut had a shovel rather than a semi-automatic rifle with 100 rounds and a Glock. But, hey, that's just me.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Shovel Ready

Don't be naive. The shovel was used as a deadly weapon to force them into submission. What makes you think he would have killed them if he had a gun? He could have easily killed them with the shovel too, if that was his intent. It doesn't take a genius to figure out just about anything can be used to kill someone. A shovel, a knive, a knitting needle, etc. So my point was, outlawing guns itsn't going to stop people from killing each other? I think you know that.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: ItsAboutThe EconomyStupid

@Shovel Ready, If we outlaw shovels, how are we going to complete the "shovel ready" jobs over the next 4 years?

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: To Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready, it doesn't take my genius powers to see the reality through your distracting words -- if he had had a gun, they wouldn't be alive. The shovel didn't kill them, so your gun freedom arguments seem silly in this context.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Thankful He

Did not have a gun. They would have surely been dead if he did. He would probably still be on the loose as the witnesses would have been dead.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Diane Rowbottom

We can sleep at night knowing he is caught. We live in the Bridge Canyon Estates and everyone was on alert! We have had many break-ins and we hope that he was the one doing it as we are still on alert. Maybe someone should check into the break-ins that were going on while he was living in the area.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: shovels and duct tape

This country is falling apart rapidly. We need to petition for the control of shovels and duct tape. Duct tape is a serious problem out here. People are walking into bars with concealed duct tape and shovels. Alcohol and these "weapons" should have a lot more control. Please join me in writing to your local politician and stressing how dangerous these two items are especially when use together.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: ann B

someone needs to start a fund to get the dogs back here with the family. Another insane person on the loose. It is obvious this man has mental issues.The animals won't have a chance in the area they are in.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Smile at the birdie

Hard to believe. He looks like such a nice guy.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Shovel Ready

Forget gun control, we need shovel control! The only way to make sure people don't hurt people with shovels is to outlaw them!

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