Suspect in triple killing nabbed

Last modified: Sunday, January 05, 2014
A monthlong nationwide manhunt for a man accused of killing three people and burning down their home in Colorado ended Saturday night when he was arrested at a motel in Oklahoma, officials said.

In his mug shot, Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was bloodied, with cuts on his cheek, head and mouth, after the U.S. Marshals Service, with the help of several other agencies, tracked him to a motel near Interstate 40 in Roland in eastern Oklahoma, not far from the Arkansas border.

Officials said the Marshals Service, worried that Mapps might be armed, caught the former long-distance trucker by surprise and took him down quickly at the motel, resulting in superficial injuries.

On Nov. 27, a resident in Rye, Colo., called 911 after seeing smoke coming out of a home. Reginald Tuttle, 51; Kim Tuttle, 55; and their daughter, 33-year-old Dawn Roderick, were inside — already dead from gunshot wounds, officials said. Investigators thought they had been killed in their sleep.

“It would appear the motive for the crime was financial,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said in a statement at the time, “and the evidence only leads to one person being involved in all necessary aspects of the crime, and that is Harry Mapps.”

Mapps had been working for the Tuttles as a trucker, Shorter said. The Denver Post reported that he lived with the Tuttles and worked as a radio dispatcher for the Reginald Tuttle Express.

Mapps was originally from Dimmit, Texas, and had been asked to leave the family’s home a week before they were killed. Investigators zeroed in on Mapps after they said they found bank video of him — in his blue 2004 Town and Country minivan, with a disabled veteran’s license plate from Texas — cashing checks in the name of the Tuttles in Pueblo and La Junta on the day of the fire.

He was still driving that same van a month later when, he was captured in Oklahoma on Saturday night on warrants for murder, theft, identity theft, forgery and arson, Shorter said, adding that it looked like Mapps had tried to change his appearance.

The U.S. Marshals also wanted Mapps for fleeing prosecution.