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Second person arrested in car wash shooting plot

Emil Whitis • Mar 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Sandusky police arrested a third person in connection with a January car wash shooting on West Perkins Avenue. 

Theresa Purcell, 26, of Sandusky, is charged with complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated robbery, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. 

Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said Purcell helped Katie Wilson, 25, draw up plans to rob 49-year-old Bartt Carruthers — Wilson’s stepfather — on Jan. 16. 

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Three shots rang out at about 6 p.m. in the 500 block of W. Perkins Ave. About 10 minutes later Carruthers stumbled into Firelands Counseling on Hayes Avenue with gunshot wounds to the chest, armpit and tricep caused by a single bullet. 

He was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital where he made a swift recovery. 

Carruthers told police Wilson called him up earlier that day telling him she had some Xanax to sell. They agreed to meet at a do-it-yourself car wash behind the north side of West Perkins Avenue. At about 6 p.m. he pulled into a wash bay. 

Wilson pulled up in a dark-colored car soon after. 

She and a man, later identified as 25-year-old Marcus Campbell, got out and immediately demanded the money. When Carruthers told them to “(expletive)” off Campbell pulled a gun and started firing. 



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