|Published:||Jul 22, 2010 4:23 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 22, 2010 12:28 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The manhunt for wanted murder suspect Timothy Tuttle ended Wednesday afternoon as he was arrested in a wooded area near I-75 just west of Treelive Avenue.
"It sounded as if he as basically putting his hands up and surrendering after realizing he was surrounded," described Lee Co. Sheriff's Office Lt. Larry King.
Tuttle had been spotted nearly ten hours earlier, leading to a second massive manhunt in as many days. Tuttle was reportedly spotted just a few miles away in Estero on Tuesday night.
Deputies were beginning to scale back the manhunt again Wednesday, when a witness spotted him near a business.
"Initially this all began, again, with a citizen's tip," King said. "Saw somebody suspicious standing in the parking lot."
Deputies say Tuttle dashed back into the woods, but air and k-9 units saw him too, and quickly surrounded him, handcuffing him and bringing him out of hiding to a waiting squad car.
"(We're) very thankful to the citizens that called in and gave us tips," King said. "Ultimately he did surrender and didn't put up any resistance other than fleeing for the last 24 hours."
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