The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office is setting the record straight and clarifying rumors and speculation that have been circulating on social media regarding the condition of a physically disabled homeless man.
In the early morning hours of April 4, the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Churchill County Fairgrounds on a report of suspicious circumstance and located a 48-year-old physically disabled and homeless man, bound and severely beaten lying in the dirt of a horse stall. The victim was able to provide deputies with a statement that included the description and last name of who beat him and why. The victim was transported to Banner Churchill Community Hospital prior to being transported to Renown.
The description of the suspect was broadcast and members of the Fallon Police Department located a subject matching that description on South Maine Street. Members of the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office responded and spoke with the subject and later took him into custody for attempted murder. The suspect was identified as Andrew Crutcher, a homeless 19-year-old male.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office have spoken with and confirmed that the victim is recovering in Reno under the watchful care of a dedicated team of medical professionals.
For clarification, there have been two recent battery with deadly weapons cases involving substantial bodily injury. The first occurred April 4 and is described above, the second occurred on April 13 on Stillwater Road.
Both victims are alive and recovering from their wounds and the Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate each case.