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Briton accused of killing wife and mother-in-law caught in California

Published 12/05/2016

Dave Thomas McCann being escorted by officers in Clovis, California (Clovis Police Department/AP)
Dave Thomas McCann being escorted by officers in Clovis, California (Clovis Police Department/AP)
Dave Thomas McCann is a British citizen living in the US on a green card, police said

A British man suspected of slashing his wife and mother-in-law to death in central California has been found hiding 150 miles away at a coastal homeless camp after a four-day manhunt, police said.

A tip from a homeless person led investigators to a sleeping Dave Thomas McCann, 49, and he was taken into custody on suspicion of killing Tierney Cooper McCann, 36, and her mother Judith Cooper, 68.

Ms McCann's sister, Cortney Rider, said she was at a house in Clovis on Saturday when he kicked down the door and attacked her family. She said she watched him cut her sister's throat.

She added that her mother was hiding in a bedroom but he knocked down the door and also slit her throat.

After the killings, McCann drove a moving van towards the coast, abandoning it two hours away in the city of Paso Robles, police said. From there, he may have ridden his bicycle and hitched rides north to the coastal town of Seaside, investigators added.

McCann did not use a mobile phone and did not withdraw money from an ATM, which could have pinpointed his location, Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall said at a news conference in Seaside after the arrest.

A day before the killings, McCann went to the Clovis Police Department and asked an officer to accompany him to the home to collect some of his personal belongings, which happened without incident, said Janet Stoll-Lee, a police spokeswoman.

McCann is a British citizen living in the US on a green card, she said.

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