Inside Summerfield’s Temporary Hideout
WADSWORTH, Ohio - Employees at the Legacy Inn Motel where suspected murderer Nathan Summerfield was caught by the U.S. Marshal around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday said they were stunned to learn the wanted fugitive was the man who checked into room 211.
Motel manager Alice Selbert said Summerfield, 27, checked in under the name “Jay Summerfield” and did not show identification.
Legacy Inn clerk Marsha Long said she was the one who checked in Summerfield.
“He was a good looking guy, dark hair, just an average looking guy, just came in and asked for a smoking room,” Long said, adding Summerfield pulled up to the motel on Tuesday morning driving a red pickup truck.
Long said she did not recognize him as the wanted fugitive.
Summerfield is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, in early July.
A nationwide manhunt was launched after he returned from a trip without Jackenheimer and her body was later discovered in North Carolina.
Long said she learned the man in room 211 was the man she had seen on the news when police showed up to arrest him Wednesday morning.
“A U.S. Marshal came in and he asked what room (Summerfield) was in and could he have a key,” Selbert said.
Inside room 211, there was an empty bag from McDonald’s, several empty bottles of Mountain Dew, a cigarette butt and a few snacks left inside after the U.S. Marshals were done scouring the room for evidence.
A member of the arrest team said Summerfield was awake when they found him and he did not resist arrest.
“I’m thrilled. You know for somebody to do something like that and get away with it. That’s not good, not good at all,” Long said.
Motel employees said the red truck Summerfield showed up in was not there when he was arrested inside his room.