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Chase suspect arrested in Sacramento

Police: Man wanted for questioning in relation to West Point homicide

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Gary McMahan

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 12:00 am

A man wanted for questioning in connection with a recent Calaveras County murder led police on a high-speed pursuit from Lodi to Sacramento on Thursday evening, officers said, where he eventually pulled over and gave himself up.

California Highway Patrol officers took Gary McMahan, 31, into custody along Highway 50 and 16th Street in Sacramento after a 30-minute chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, Lodi Police Sgt. Tim Fritz said.

McMahan has been named as a “person of interest” in the investigation of a bloody assault inside a West Point home that left one man dead and sent a woman to a hospital on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Chris Hewitt, spokesman for the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday afternoon, Lodi police heard McMahan was in town.

Authorities from Calaveras County tracked McMahan’s cellphone to Lodi, where they believed he was riding a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to Lodi police. Lodi police officers, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies and Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office investigators canvassed Lodi for a burgundy motorcycle around 6:20 p.m.

After roughly 30 minutes, authorities received new reports regarding McMahan’s location and converged in the area around Lodi Avenue and South Hutchins Street, according to Lodi police.

An officer spotted McMahan, and once other officers closed in, McMahan fled, police said.

McMahan, who was wearing a wig, raced east on Lodi Avenue, hitting speeds of 60 mph before finding his way to Highway 99, according to Lodi police. With multiple units in pursuit and CHP officers joining the chase, McMahan rode north, hitting speeds of 100 mph, police said.

McMahan swerved through rush-hour traffic with a California Highway Patrol helicopter following overhead, police said. But once in Sacramento, he decided to call it quits.

McMahan is being held in Sacramento County Jail and may be transported to Amador County, where two warrants have been issued for his arrest.

Meanwhile, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office investigators are interviewing McMahan in relation to the West Point homicide case, according to Hewitt.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor found a couple bloodied and beaten. Norman Curtis Gresham III, 45, was killed, while a 37-year-old woman was severely injured and currently being treated in a hospital, according to Hewitt.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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