Authorities in North Carolina will not seek the death penalty for Nate Summerfield, the Ashland man accused of killing his girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer last year.
WADSWORTH, Ohio - Suspected killer Nate Summerfield spent about 24 hours hiding inside a Wadsworth motel room as federal marshals moved in Wednesday morning and arrested him without incident.
Summerfield had been on the run since July 8 when he dropped his children off with a family member and was since on the run.
His brother told police that Summerfield killed his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, while they vacationed in North Carolina.
NewsChannel5's investigative team first reported that Summerfield was arrested by the Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force Wednesday morning at the Legacy Inn in Wadsworth.
Investigators had searched the room and removed the sheets searching for any possible evidence linking him to the murder.
Later, we gained access to the room where Summerfield was hiding and found he was living on a diet of microwave popcorn, Jello pudding and Pop-Tarts. There were empty Mountain Dew containers in the trash.
The room was dirty -- a cigarette butt, matches and a wet bath towel were all on the floor (as if Summerfield had just showered). The sheets were pulled off the king-size bed, but that could be due to police looking for evidence.
The curtains were pulled tight, and the do-not-disturb sign was on a chair.
The hotel said Summerfield checked in at about 8 a.m. Tuesday under the name "Jay Summerfield." The cost per night was $50 and Summerfield paid cash.
A maid said she was warned to get inside a safe room nearby when U.S. Marshals arrived outside room 211.
"Then, all the SWAT teams came and told us to get in the room and stay there so we wouldn't get hurt," said Marilyn Vickers. "Then, they ran into room 211, told the guy to get on the floor and don't move."
Vickers said federal marshals had guns drawn -- but Summerfield was captured without incident.
We also learned that Summerfield changed his first name when signing the motel registry that showed him as "Jay" Summerfield instead of "Nate." He listed a home address of Polk, Ohio -- a community just north of Ashland.
A hotel check-in clerk, who did not want to be identified, said Summerfield appeared pleasant and did not seem to be nervous.
The front door of the room was not broken down and that suggests a room key was used to gain access and take Summerfield by surprise.
Authorities would not comment how they gained access to the room.
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