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3.17.04

Ohio sniper caught

Authorities say the man suspected in two dozen sniper shootings in Ohio was taken into custody without incident.

Charles McCoy was arrested at a Las Vegas motel early Wednesday morning.

Police say they were tipped off about McCoy by a man who spotted him at a casino, recognized him from news stories, and then found out where he was staying. Authorities then staked out the motel and arrested McCoy in the parking lot.

They say he wasn't armed, and his car has been impounded.

The man who called police says McCoy was reading a newspaper with his picture in it, told him his name was "Mike," and left behind a sports betting sheet with "bizarre writing" on it.

McCoy has been questioned, but hasn't been formally charged yet.

The shootings that began last May left one woman dead and terrorized motorists in the Columbus area.

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