[UPDATED with Information About the Crime] Tennessee Homicide Suspect Arrested in Humboldt

UPDATE 11:23 a.m.: 

Terrance D. Brown, the suspect in a Tennessee homicide arrested late yesterday evening at the Blue Lake Casino was wanted in connection with the death of Dennis Prutianov.

At about 1:30 a.m. on September 8, 2012, a vehicle pulled up before a home on Moss Street in Nashville, Tennessee. Bullets peppered a home there killing Prutianov. Officers say they retrieved over 25 shell casings from the scene of the crime. Law enforcement suspected that the crime might be connected to drugs as Prutianov had felony convictions on cocaine and marijuana related charges. 

For a time, no one was arrested. Then in April of last year, Carlee Nease was arrested in connection with the case. A second man, Terrence Clark, was arrested soon afterwards.  

Photos of the three suspects in the alleged homicide of Dennis Prutianov. (See more here.)

Just last month a traffic stop in Ohio nearly nabbed Terrance D. Brown but he fled on foot only to be captured yesterday evening by a Humboldt County Deputy.

Humboldt County Sheriff Press Release:

On 04-07-14, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Blue Lake Casino, Blue Lake. Security staff requested a deputy respond to the hotel after they located a hotel guest in possession of drugs. 

When the deputy arrived he met with a security officer. The officer told the deputy they were requested to respond to room after a hotel guest sustained a cut to his finger and requested first aid. Security personnel provided the guest with first aid and offered the guest fresh linens to replace those the guest used to treat the wound. When the guest removed the linens from the bed, he dropped them on the floor in the hallway. While dropping the linens on the hallway floor, a small plastic baggie which appeared to contain a controlled substance fell onto the floor. 

The deputy contacted the hotel guest who was standing by with security officers at his room. The man verbally provided the name of Corbin Little, to the deputy. The man told the deputy he did not know where his identification was located. The man told the deputy he cut his finger while he was removing a burnt out light in his room and it shattered. While speaking with Little, the deputy saw an Ohio identification card on the bed in the room. The deputy looked at the identification card and saw it belonged to Corbin Little, however; the photo did not resemble the man he was speaking with and the height did not match. The deputy suspected the man was providing a false name. The deputy asked the man the zip code that was on the driver’s license for Little, the man could not provide the zip code. 

Hotel security pointed out the plastic baggie which they saw fall out of the bedding. The baggie was still on the floor in the hotel hallway. The deputy took custody of the baggie which appeared to contain a controlled substance. The deputy also located a small amount of dried marijuana in the room, and items consistent with drug use. The deputy arrested the man for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He transported the man to a local hospital to be treated for the injury on his finger and then to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the charges. The white powdery substance in the baggie tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately one gram. 

At the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility the deputy informed the Correctional Officers that he suspected the man was the providing a false name. Correctional Officers conducted a Live Scan Fingerprinting of the man and determined his true name was Terrance D. Brown, who was wanted in connection with a double homicide by Metro Nashville Police Department, in Tennessee. Brown is being held without bail pending extradition to Tennessee. 

Metro Nashville Public Affairs Officer can be contacted at 1-615-862-7306. 

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


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