Suspect Arrested in Cold Springs Killing

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Cold Springs murder suspect Robert Owens, courtesy Washoe County jail

Cold Springs murder suspect Robert Owens, courtesy Washoe County jail

RENO, NV - Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in a Cold Springs homicide investigation.

Detectives arrested Robert Michael Owens Jr. of Cold Springs Tuesday afternoon, July 16, for the murder of Lacee Nicole Shupe and the attempted murder of 39-year-old Joshua Able, also of Cold Springs.

Owens is currently in custody at the Washoe County jail.

The morning of July 1, 2013, deputies responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 17100 block of Crystal Canyon Court. Preliminary investigation showed the incident involved three roommates, with one attacking the other two, then hurting himself.

All three were taken to a hospital, where Shupe died. The initial cause of death is believed to be sharp force trauma, but a final determination is pending from the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Owens was arrested after being released from the hospital. Able, the second victim, is recovering.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information about these people or the incident contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

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