Alert clerk leads police to subject of weeklong manhunt after daughter stabbed |

Alert clerk leads police to subject of weeklong manhunt after daughter stabbed

WALLACE, Idaho – The convenience store clerk’s suspicions were raised when the scraggly, dirty man wearing camouflage walked in shortly after midnight and asked for a package of cold hot dogs.”He seemed antsy to get out of there,” said the clerk, Sue Boren. And then there was the camouflage, she said – “It is not hunting season.”The store didn’t have packaged hot dogs, but Boren offered him a cooked one from the grill, hoping to get a better look at his face to compare it to wanted posters of a convicted rapist who had been sought in the rugged Idaho mountains for the past week in connection with the near fatal stabbing of his daughter.”As soon as he walked out of the store, and I didn’t see a vehicle, I thought I better give the sheriff’s office a call,” Boren said. “They picked him up a couple blocks away.”John R. Tuggle, 37, didn’t put up a fight as he was arrested on a warrant for attempted murder.He told authorities he hadn’t eaten for three days, and he quickly finished off two plates of food at the jail, Sheriff Chuck Reynalds said.In Wallace, a historic mining town of about 1,000 residents, parents and vacationing campers had been on edge since Tuggle’s car was found abandoned in a remote area south of town. They were relieved to hear about the arrest.Tuggle had been identified as the only suspect in the July 20 attack that nearly killed his 12-year-old daughter.The girl had been repeatedly stabbed and left for dead on the side of a mountain road. She was rescued hours later when campers heard her cries, and she remained hospitalized Wednesday in serious condition.Tuggle had spent nine years in an Idaho prison while his daughter was growing up and hadn’t seen her since she was a toddler. After serving his sentence for the rape of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, he moved in with a brother in Colorado last year. But last week, he showed up at his ex-wife’s home in Idaho saying he wanted to take the child shopping.The girl’s family released a statement after his arrest Wednesday thanking law enforcement and the public for finding them both.”We have been struggling with why someone would commit such a violent act upon one of their own children or anyone else,” the family said.At the Conoco Super-Stop where Boren works the graveyard shift, sheriff’s deputies who frequent the coffee bar praised her and gave her a sticker in the shape of a badge.”I feel like I did the right thing that I’m supposed to,” Boren said. “I’m just glad the guy’s locked up now.”Tuggle had apparently walked into Wallace, Reynalds said. An earlier report indicated he had told his parents he wanted to live in that region, away from people.”So much for living in the wilds of northern Idaho,” Reynalds said. “Apparently he was not as proficient as he thought he was.”

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