Man accused in shooting of woman arrested in Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville Police have captured and arrested a man they’re calling armed and dangerous following a Sunday night shooting.

EPD confirms Seth Wrinkles was taken into custody around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on the southeast side of town.

Police say Wrinkles has a lengthy criminal history and is the son of Eric Wrinkles who was convicted and executed for the murders of three family members in 1994.

Seth Wrinkles was a child when his father went to prison.

No stranger to the justice system, police say Seth Wrinkles fled from them after he tried to kill a woman Sunday night. It happened in the 1100 block of West Louisiana in Evansville. This isn’t the first time Wrinkles has been accused of attempted murder.

But Wrinkles’ is a name some in the tri-state would like to forget. Seth’s father, Matthew Eric Wrinkles was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering three people, including Seth’s mother in 1994.

“It affected everybody involved because it was such a horrible murder,” Judge Lloyd explains.
Seth was a child and in the house at the time of the murder. Judge Lloyd was a part of the prosecution team for the older Wrinkles trial.

She says Seth’s mother tried to stop Eric, “she basically falls to her knees because this poor woman knows what’s going to happen and she’s crying and begging and he shoots her.”

Seth Wrinkles has a criminal past beyond the attempted murder cases.

His first major run-in with the law occurred just months after his father’s 2009 execution.

He has also been charged with drug activity, robbery involving weapons, and gang activity. Sgt. Nick Winsett says these are all of this is a factor when police label someone as dangerous, “as far as we know he still has the same weapon he had when he tried to take the female’s life last night.”

The latest search for Seth Wrinkles comes 26 years to the day after the murders that put his family in the spotlight.

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(This story was originally published on July 20, 2020)

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