Dec 29, 2013 2:10 PM by Annie Snead, Tony Spehar
Harry Mapps, chief suspect in November's triple homicide and fire in Rye, has been arrested in Oklahoma after over a month on the run.
On Saturday evening U.S. Marshals arrested Mapps at a motel in Roland, Oklahoma, after a nationwide manhunt. Mapps was wanted on three counts of first-degree murder and felony charges of theft, identity theft, forgery and arson. According to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Mapps's location was narrowed down thanks to information gathered by Marshals in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. His blue minivan was then spotted outside the motel.
"We always will eventually get our man," said Pueblo County Undersheriff J.R. Hall.
On November 27 firefighters found the bodies of Reginald and Kim Tuttle and their daughter Dawn Roderick inside the Tuttle's burning home in Rye. Autopsies revealed all three had died from gunshot wounds and investigators believe the fire was intentionally set to try and cover-up the murders.
"There was an awful lot to have to go through the evidence of a burned out house," Undersheriff Hall explained.
Three days after the murders were discovered Harry Mapps was officially named as the chief suspect, he had been staying at the Tuttle home up until a week before the fire. The sheriff's office believes the motive for the murders was financial, saying Mapps cashed two forged checks in a victims name the morning of the fire.
"They're the type of people, if you needed help they were right there," Winnie Owens, a friend of Kim Tuttle, told News 5 in early December. "When they said there were three bodies in it (the Tuttle home), in denial, but I figured that had to be Reggie, Kim and Dawn."
Investigators hope the arrest of Harry Mapps will bring relief to the small town of Rye and the friends and family of the Tuttle's.
"The ability to sleep at night knowing that he's not out free is what we're looking for, we work for the victims," said Undersheriff Hall. "He will be back in Pueblo to face justice for the family."
Detectives from the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office are in Oklahoma interviewing Mapps, he will be extradited to Colorado in the coming days.