RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 25-year-old person of interest has been arrested after five people were found dead in one morning in northern Nevada.
Lyon County officials say Jeremiah Bean was arrested on suspicion of burglary after he was found with items from one of the crime scenes. Lyon County Undersheriff Albert Torres says detectives believe all five killings are connected, but deputies warned residents to keep a lookout in their neighborhoods.
The first dead couple was discovered after firefighters were called to a house on fire in Fernley about 6 a.m. Monday.
About two hours later, Washoe County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Mustang exit with the report of a dead man. Deputies say they found the man in a ditch along the Interstate 80 exit for the infamous Mustang Ranch brothel.
A short time later, deputies responding to a call for a welfare check found the other two victims in a Fernley home within 100 yards of the house where the first two dead were found.
“This is the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” said Stacee Dickey, a neighbor of the Fernley victims. She said she was acquainted with the husband of one of couples killed and he was friendly and “always helping kids.”
“Just an all-around nice man,” she said.
The arrest was made two doors down from the site of the initial house fire after a homeowner called police about a man hiding in his garage.
Officers surrounded Bean, who initially ran out the back door but confronted police and tried to run back out the front of the garage, Torres said.
“We caught him right outside the garage,” he said.
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