Road Rage Suspect Knew Victim Well

Erich Milton Nowsch apparently lived just a block from Tammy Meyers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2015 3:02 PM CST
Updated Feb 20, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Cops Close In on Vegas Road Rage Suspect
An unidentified police official leads a shirtless suspect in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother from a car to police headquarters.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Police yesterday arrested a suspect in the recent road rage slaying of a Las Vegas woman—and the two knew each other. Erich Milton Nowsch was arrested at a home only about a block away from where victim Tammy Meyers lived; he faces charges of murder and attempted murder and is believed to be 19, reports the Review-Journal. Meyers, a 44-year-old mother of four, was shot to death outside her house on Feb. 12. Robert Meyers says his wife knew Nowsch and had previously given him food and money. "We knew how bad he was, but we didn't know he was this bad," he told reporters, per NBC News. "[Tammy] spent countless hours at that park consoling this boy ... and she told him to pull his pants up and to be a man, more times than I can count."

"Are you all happy? You made my wife look like an animal ... and my son," Robert Meyers screamed at reporters yesterday, reports CNN. "There's the animal, a block away. Are you happy?" Her husband's outburst of anger stems from a twist in the case: Police revealed that Meyers had actually returned home from an initial encounter with the suspect, picked up her armed 22-year-old son, and drove off again apparently in search of Nowsch. She was killed during a shootout as they returned home from that trip. Robert Meyers says the man threatened to kill his wife and daughter, who was in the car during the first encounter. "Yes, maybe in a make-up world she should have stayed home," he wrote in a text to a CNN producer. "Please remember statement from this animal, 'I'm going to kill you and your daughter.'" Police say they are looking for a second suspect but say that Nowsch was the shooter. (More road rage stories.)

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