For Immediate Release
PR #:1300077
Date Issued:Jul 17, 2013 - 12:43pm

Sheriff's Detectives make arrest in Cold Springs Homicide Investigation

CASE #:WC13-3962
WHEN:Monday, July 1, 2013 at approximately 5:30 a.m.
WHERE:17100 block of Crystal Canyon Court, Reno, Nevada (Cold Springs area)
VICTIM/S:Lacee Nicole Shupe, age 22
SUSPECTS:Robert Michael Owens Jr., age 41
CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have made an arrest in the July 1, 2013 Cold Springs Homicide Investigation.

Robert Michael Owens Jr., a Cold Springs resident was arrested Tuesday afternoon, July 16, 2013, for the murder of Lacee Nicole Shupe and for the attempted murder of a second victim.

Owens is currently in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility.

On Monday, July 1, 2013, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 17100 block of Crystal Canyon Court in the Cold Springs area. Preliminary investigation showed the incident involved three roommates in which one roommate attacked the other two causing significant injuries.

All three subjects were transported to a local hospital where victim Lacee Shupe succumbed to her injuries. The initial cause of death is believed to be sharp force trauma, however a final determination is pending from the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information about these individuals or the incident contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at  (775) 322-4900.


Photo: Robert Michael Owens Jr.



The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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