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Posted on: February 23, 2020

Churchill County Sheriff's Office Apprehends Long-Time Fugitive

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A long-standing man hunt that has covered several states and been featured on “Americas Most Wanted” television show ended Friday, Feb. 21 with the arrest of Wesley Austin Lattin.

Churchill County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the Sparks Police Department SWAT team, served a search and seizure warrant and arrested Lattin at 4004 Tarzyn Road, the residence and property of Becky and Bruce Humphrey. Becky is Lattin’s sister.  

Lattin had been on the run since August 2005 when he failed to appear in what was then the Third Judicial District Court for trial for multiple charges of sexual assault on a juvenile.

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the United States Marshals late last week stating that Lattin was living on the Humphrey farm in an underground bunker near the main residence. The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation and on Friday morning, deputies observed a male subject identified as Lattin entering and exiting the residence and doing work on the property in close proximity to the house and shop. The subject was armed with a long gun during these trips in and out of the house and while walking around the property.  

Several bunkers were located on the property and at least one of them was very elaborate and appeared to be more than a temporary shelter. That bunker was equipped with a large bed, wall coverings, cooking utensils, solar panels and was equipped to get fresh air piped in. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office Wes Lattin is not related to the family that operates Lattin Farms. 

The investigation into this case is ongoing.


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