Shop owner takes aim at suspect

Armed showdown at tattoo parlor.
Alissa Widman Neese
Dec 21, 2013


Bartt Carruthers ended 2013 like he began it: At the business end of a handgun.

Only this time, instead of being shot three times and carted off to the hospital near-dead, he was placed in handcuffs and hauled off to the county jail.

Carruthers, 50, was charged early Friday morning with disorderly conduct intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon.

He allegedly entered True Innovations tattoo parlor on West Monroe Street after hours and pointed a handgun — later identified as a BB gun — at the owner, Michael Evans, according to a Sandusky police report.

Evans said he responded by pointing a 9mm handgun at Carruthers and pushing him out the door.

Some may recall Carruthers as the victim of a shooting in January at a Perkins Avenue car wash. He was shot three times in what police have said was a setup. Two of the three suspects in the car wash shooting are awaiting sentencing, while the alleged shooter is scheduled for trial in January.

This time around, however, Carruthers was treated as the perpetrator.

He was intoxicated at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday when he entered True Innovations long after the place had closed, according to the owner.

Evans said he was waiting for an after hours tattoo customer, and he had the front door unlocked when Carruthers was found rummaging around a counter near the cash register. Carruthers had what appeared to be a gun in his front coat pocket.

Evans said when he confronted him, Carruthers put his hand on the gun in his coat pocket and started to pull it out, prompting Evans to grab Carruthers’ wrist. Evans, who has a concealed-carry permit, reached into his own waistband and pulled out his 9 mm Taurus pistol. He then shoved Carruthers out of the store and locked the door.

While outside, Carruthers pulled out his gun and appeared to aim it at the window in the door, according to the police report.

“I ducked down and yelled for Liz (Barmess), a tattoo artist, to call police,” Evans said.

Carruthers took off on foot, heading west on Monroe Street, according to the report. Officers quickly arrested him a few blocks away, where they soon learned he was actually carrying a partially disassembled BB gun, as well as a pocket knife.

The police report detailing the incident didn’t mention Evans had a handgun of his own, nor did it mention Carruthers allegedly reached for his weapon while inside the tattoo parlor. It also didn’t indicate the shop was closed when Carruthers entered it. The report simply states Carruthers “walked up to the counter” while drunk, with a gun in his waistband.

“I give police credit for being on it right away; they did a good job getting him” Evans said. “But the report is a little off. He didn’t just wander in drunk”

Late Friday, Evans said he had already talked to night shift officers to amend the report. He also plans to discuss his options with the Erie County prosecutor about pursuing further criminal charges, and he wants to pursue a civil protection order against Carruthers.

Carruthers was arrested and taken to the county jail, but by 7:45 a.m. Friday he was released on his own recognizance, a jail guard said.

The case involving the car wash shooting is still playing out in court. The alleged shooter — Marcus Campbell, 26, of Sandusky — was arrested about four months after the shooting and charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery and having weapons under disability. He’s scheduled for trial in January.

The two others involved are awaiting sentencing, according to Erie County Common Pleas Court records.

Theresa Purcell, 27, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty to complicity to commit attempted murder and complicity to commit aggravated robbery. She’s scheduled for sentencing in February.

Katie Wilson, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary, and a judge has recommended a sentence of eight years, as long she agrees to testify against Campbell at trial.

Carruthers was lured to the car wash when Wilson, his stepdaughter, offered to sell him prescription drugs, police have said. Wilson and Purcell allegedly helped plan the crime, but Campbell was the alleged triggerman.



Good 2 B Me

Get the report right SPD and lock this clown up and throw away the keys!

The Rudy

This dude's lucky he's alive after this one.


Absolutely. Some wouldn't have had the restraint to not move their index finger 1/8 of an inch:-) it did say it was partially disassembled, maybe he could tell it wouldn't fire, or that it was a pellet gun.


You did well mike. I'm proud of you

yea right

good ole mikey probley started it all.. afterhours customer.. how old.. 14 15 maybe.. HE likes penises and puts them in all his tattoos


What's up with that last sentence?


Shoulda put a bullet in him & left him for trash pick up !


Someone put 3 in him already.


Birds of a feather....


Here is another instance of the lawful use of a gun by a citizen for the protection of his life and property. Funny how these stories are conveniently buried by the mainstream media as they choose the PC route of "all guns and the people who own them are bad evil members of our society" while the truth is that guns used by responsible citizens stop crime and actually save life. I think the concealed carry law is one of the best on the books- at least give us a chance against the thugs out there. I commend this gentleman for showing such restraint- he had every legal right to shoot this moron.


According to the Sandusky Municipal Court records, Mr. Bartt Carruthers has SIXTY entries for committing criminal acts in the past. A fine example of the dregs of society. I say, lock him up and throw away the key.

yea right


Simple Enough II

I do hope that the report filed by the arresting/responding officer is reviewed, as if it is incomplete, sloppy etc, how the heck are we to keep these P OS off the streets and out of your community.



yea right

come to my house and say that..did you read what i said..Mikey has the penis problem..he allreDY GOT CAUGHT..




Excuse me, but what he does with his penis had nothing to do with this article. He pulled out a gun, not his .......


you would have had to read his/her former response which the moderator removed which is why I removed my (fairly humorous) reply. I can understand how you would be scratching your head on that one (penis, gun....what the?)


What disciplinary action is taken when police officers do not correctly/completely fill out paperwork regarding a case? Certainly it is not acceptable to write their personal abbreviation of events that took place during a crime on official documents.

CCW. More responsible citizens need to pursue it.


By the look of his picture, he must like to be in the news. I don't think I would be laughing.


It's like a 9MM, except for grown ups...


Right on , I love no other caliber...TAURUS MILLENNIUM PRO!


you wrote,..Mikey has the penis problem. what does that mean???

yea right

read my post at top of blog..