BURLEY, Idaho -- A man who is suspected of murdering his boss at the Alpine Garden Inn in Burley has been arrested by Las Vegas police.
Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said a tip from a viewer of America's Most Wanted television show led police to James Duane Ambrose, 53, Thursday.
"The show aired on Oct. 12 and a woman called in and said she had seen him on the streets begging for money," Warrell said.
Warrell said Ambrose was living on the streets when Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department located him. Warrell said Ambrose was living under a different name.
Ambrose is a suspect in the May murder of Russ Taft, 54, who owned the inn. Taft was reported missing by motel staff along with Ambrose, who worked for Taft.
Taft's body was found a few days later in a crawl space in his apartment. He suffered blunt-force trauma to his head and a stab wound to his heart.
According to the America's Most Wanted website, Ambrose was also wanted in Las Vegas for carjacking an 86-year-old woman.
According to a press release issued by the Cassia County Sheriff's office Friday Ambrose is wanted in Cassia County on warrants for 1st-degree murder and grand theft. There are multiple warrants for Ambrose's arrest in Las Vegas for robbery, kidnapping, burglary, battery and grand larceny.
Warrell said the Cassia County Sheriff's office has investigators in Las Vegas interviewing Ambrose today.
According to the press release, Ambrose will be transported back to Cassia County after he faces charges in Las Vegas.
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