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Sandusky police get their man

Tom Jackson • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Sandusky police nabbed a suspect wanted since January for shooting a man during a botched robbery at a West Perkins car wash.

Marcus Campbell, 25, was arrested without incident Saturday after police surrounded a house in central Sandusky.

Campbell, also known as Sellers, a Sandusky resident whose address is listed as 1000 block of Washington St., was being held Saturday at Erie County Jail on a list of several charges. Police said he is under indictment for attempted murder, felonious assault, having a weapon under disability and two no-bond probation violation warrants.

Sgt. Tracey Susana said police went to a house on the 1000 block of Ging St. after receiving a tip that Campbell might be there. Police quickly determined the address could not be correct, but they contacted the tipster and received the correct address, Susana said.

Nine police officers blocked off Ging Street and set up a perimeter to surround the house. Nearby residents trying to leave their homes were warned to stay inside for their own safety until the incident ended, Susana said.

Police made contact with a young woman, 17, inside the home and asked her to come out of the house.

“She ended up putting Marcus on the phone. He said he was going to give himself up,” Susana said. 

“He was told to come out with his hands visible. He came out the front door and was taken into custody,” she said.

Police were not satisfied with the cooperation of the young lady, who faces charges of obstructing official justice and obstructing official business, Susana said.

Police have been looking for Campbell since January, when he allegedly shot and wounded Bartt Carruthers at 6:12 p.m. Jan. 16 at a self-serve car wash at the 500 block of West Perkins Ave. Carruthers was shot at three times, with one round connecting in the chest.

Carruthers was lured to the location under the pretense of selling him drugs, but he was then shot during an alleged robbery attempt. Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar was off duty at a nearby store, loading groceries into his car, when he heard the gunshots and called 911.

Police said Carruthers’ stepdaughter, Katie Wilson, had called earlier in the day, offering to sell him Xanax. Wilson and Theresa Purcell, who allegedly helped plan the crime, have both been indicted on charges of complicity to commit attempted murder and complicity to commit aggravated robbery. 

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