Murder Suspect Caught by Police - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/3/07

Murder Suspect Caught by Police

Source: LPD Source: LPD

It all started early Monday morning at 1:30 at the 7-11 on 34th and Memphis. In store surveillance video, a man is seen outside the store shooting 21-year-old Chase Pendleton.

Then on Tuesday, not even 48 hours after the incident occurred, Mitchell Erin Wachholtz was arrested for the crime.

Lubbock Police Lieutenant Jon Caspell said, "Through the course of this fast investigation we received several Crime Line tips that let to information identifying the two suspects in this case."

Police believe the man in surveillance video is Wachholtz, and from those Crime Line tips, it was determined that Wachholtz was in the area off University and 58th.

Caspell said, "Those leads lead us to the area at 58th and University where special operations and patrol units were sitting up in the area, watching for the suspect."

Police began to observe the area, searching for man they now believe is Wachholtz.

Caspell added, "During that observation we saw who 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."

On Tuesday, after Wachholtz was arrested, the district attorney's office charged Wachholtz with the murder of chase Pendleton.

"It's a million dollar bond. He is currently being questioned by the Lubbock Police Ddepartment investigators and after that we anticipate we'll be taking him over to county," said Caspell.

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