Child sex assault suspect running for 15 years arrested in Fallon

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FALLON, Nev. (KOLO)-- A fugitive on the run for almost 15 years after being charged with child sexual assault in Churchill County was arrested Friday, February 21, 2020 in what the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office described as a bunker at his sister’s home about 4 miles north of Fallon.

Wesley Austin Lattin arrested by the Churchill County Sheriff's Office. CCSO photo.

Wesley Austin Lattin, 64, was arrested at 4004 Tarzyn Road with the assistance of the Sparks Police Department special weapons and tactics team, the sheriff’s office said.

Lattin was due to show up at state court in Fallon on multiple counts of sexual assault on a juvenile in August 2005 when he disappeared, the sheriff’s office said. He has been featured on “America’s Most Wanted” television show.

The U.S. Marshals Service last week passed along a tip that Lattin was living on the farm of Bruce and Becky Humphrey, staying in an underground bunker near the main residence. Becky Humphrey is Lattin’s sister, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation began Friday morning as the sheriff’s office saw Lattin entering and leaving the home and doing work close to the house and a shop.

Lattin had what the sheriff’s office called a long gun when they saw him Friday morning. The sheriff’s office said it found several bunkers on the property and one “was very elaborate and appeared to be more than a temporary shelter as it was equipped with a large bed, wall coverings, cooking utensils, solar panels and was equipped to get fresh air piped in.”

Wesley Lattin is not related to the Lattin Farms family, the sheriff’s office said.

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An older Wesley Lattin booking photo from Churchill County Sheriff's office.
A Churchill County Sheriff's Office photo of a bunker on a property where Wesley Lattin was living.
The Churchill County Sheriff's Office provided these photos of the bunker at the home where Wesley Lattin is alleged to have been living.