BREAKING NEWS: Break-in suspect caught after Nevada City manhunt today
A man suspected of robbing an Alta Sierra resident at gunpoint in a home invasion Tuesday night was caught and arrested after a five-hour manhunt in Nevada City today.
Terry Pettigrew, 22, is suspected of leading Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and Nevada City police on a short pursuit through downtown Nevada City Thursday morning before crashing a 1980s model blue Chevrolet Camaro on Bridge Street near Deer Creek. After the crash, Pettigrew reportedly ran across the creek and away from authorities.
The sheriff’s office was tipped off this morning that Pettigrew was staying at the National Hotel. Investigators began monitoring his hotel room around 9:30 a.m..
Detectives waited until Pettigrew got into his car around 10:15 a.m. before making am attempt at an arrest.
“They weren’t sure it was him, but they felt comfortable that was the right car,” Sheriff Keith Royal said.
A Nevada City police cruiser began to follow and made a stop at Bonanza Market on Broad Street at 10:19 a.m.
“He was complying for a short time, then he backed out and took off,” Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Carrington said.
Royal said the Camaro hit the Nevada City police cruiser as the suspect tried to escape, probably because authorities had begun to surround him.
Nevada City police and sheriff’s deputies began a pursuit. Pettigrew reportedly drove down Bridge Street, which dead-ended at Deer Creek. The Camaro crashed into the creek, and the suspect got out of the car and ran across the waterway around 10:30 a.m., property owners Jim and Ginny Knott said.
Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter in the general area, and bloodhounds were brought in to track Pettigrew.
He was located hours later behind a gas station on Sacramento Street and was taken into custody without incident, Royal said.
Pettigrew is one of the two men suspected of entering the home of Richard R. Mayer, 49, Tuesday night, hitting him in the head with a golf club and robbing him at gunpoint. The suspects reportedly stealing a jar of coins and casino chips.
Royal also said Pettigrew was found with coins, possibly putting him at the crime scene.
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