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California homicide suspect arrested after manhunt at Tahoe

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 17:19:41-05

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — A 20-year-old suspect in a New Year's Day homicide in Northern California was arrested Thursday after a manhunt near Lake Tahoe.

Sean Purdy is suspected of killing his father, 52-year-old Lance Purdy, at the family residence in Pine Grove, California. He was arrested near Incline Village after deputies received a tip from an Uber or Lyft driver who picked him up.

So far, he's only been charged with obstructing justice and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Washoe County Jail in Reno while Amador County deputies continue investigating the homicide.

Authorities launched a search with a K-9 unit and helicopter after Purdy's cell phone was tracked to the Tahoe area and he was spotted at an Incline Village convenience store about 1 a.m. He fled on foot but was apprehended Thursday afternoon south of the town.

The Amador County sheriff's office says Purdy's mother reported Wednesday she was concerned about her husband after he flew home to check on their son in Pine Grove but never heard back from him.

A neighbor witnessed the son leaving the family home quickly in a 2017 blue Subaru Outback and subsequently discovered a large amount of blood in and around the residence, the sheriff's office said.