Man wanted for assaulting Seligman family arrested in West Virginia

Eric Tuttle

Credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Eric Tuttle

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 12:33 PM

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SELIGMAN, Ariz. -- A man wanted for allegedly assaulting and robbing a family in Seligman, Ariz., has been arrested.

Eric Stephen Tuttle, 39, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Wheeling, W.Va.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the family had allowed Tuttle to stay on their property but recently had asked him to leave.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tuttle reportedly assaulted the couple's 54-year-old daughter inside a locked vehicle.

When her parents, who are in their 70s, tried to rescue her, Tuttle allegedly hit the father and daughter with a shovel and threatened to kill the family.

D'Evelyn said Tuttle had the woman bind her parents' hands with duct tape then he bound the daughter's hands and left them inside a travel trailer.

Tuttle then took the family's three dogs and fled the scene in their truck.

YCSO detectives had received tips regarding Tuttle’s whereabouts as he traveled toward the East Coast and shared those with appropriate law enforcement agencies.

D'Evelyn said Tuttle had eluded authorities in Missouri on Wednesday following a vehicle pursuit involving the family's stolen truck.

The last source led Ohio County sheriff's deputies to a department store where they took Tuttle into custody. The deputies recovered the victims' truck and located one of the stolen dogs. Tuttle claimed the other two dogs were lost “somewhere in Arizona.”

Tuttle was booked at the North Regional Jail in West Virginia on the YCSO warrant charging, among other crimes, assault and auto theft. Extradition procedures are pending.

His current bond is $100,000.

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