Suspect Arrested & Charged With Murder In Monday Night Shooting
The suspect search in Lubbock's latest homicide ended this afternoon with the arrest of Mitchell Erin Wachholtz. He is now charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Chase Pendleton outside a central Lubbock convenience store early Monday morning.
Just hours after issuing a wanted poster for Wachholtz, at 2:35 p.m. Monday police officers arrested him at the intersection of 58th Street and University. Wachholtz was in a red Mitsubishi Eclipse when he was stopped. The wanted poster, police say, generated several Crime Line tips and those tips led investigators to a house off University.
"During that observation we saw what we believed to be the shooter in this case leaving a house in that area, we stopped the vehicle which he was occupying and took him into custody with no incident," Lt. Jon Caspell said.
Monday night we showed you surveillance video where Pendleton was shot at the 7-11 at 34th and Memphis around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Police don't believe the two men knew each other. Wachholtz is currently being held on $1 million bond and will be spending the night at the Lubbock County Jail.