Two teens arrested in murder investigation |

Two teens arrested in murder investigation

by Andy Bourelle, Staff Writer

Two 18-year-old murder suspects arrested Monday at Stateline are allegedly responsible for beating a man to death over a stolen bicycle in Sacramento.

The suspects, John Edward Harris and Robert Albert Johnson, signed a waiver of extradition Wednesday and will be transported to Sacramento to face charges. The men remain in Douglas County’s Lake jail, waiting for members of the Sacramento Police Department to extradite them.

The two men are suspected in the beating death of Tommy Swafford of Sacramento, according to Michele Quattrin, public information officer for the Sacramento Police Department.

Swafford is believed to have stolen Harris’s bicycle in the afternoon on April 26. Detectives believe that Harris and Johnson later confronted Swafford along a Sacramento bike trail about the theft, and the confrontation resulted in Swafford’s death, according to Quattrin.

Swafford’s body was found in the morning of April 27.

Douglas County investigators arrested Harris and Johnson May 11 at the bus station behind Harrah’s Casino. Sacramento homicide detectives had contacted South Lake Tahoe area law enforcement authorities, notifying them that the two suspects may be in the area.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects were supposed to be waiting for money to be wired to the Lake Tahoe area from Sacramento, and then they were going to travel by bus to Colorado.

Sacramento homicide detectives came to Douglas County Tuesday and positively identified the two men as the suspects they were looking for.

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