Man arrested for beating hitchhiker

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Updated: 8/06/2013 6:38 pm

ELKO, Nevada (AP) -- A Utah man has been arrested on attempted murder charges for badly beating a hitchhiker he picked up near the Nevada-Utah state line.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports ( ) that 35-year-old William P. Lose was arrested Friday in West Wendover, Nev.

Authorities say Lose earlier picked up Wayne Gattke at a truck stop in West Wendover. Gattke was trying to get a ride to Salt Lake City.

Investigators say Lose pulled over and pistol whipped Gattke, leaving him badly beaten.

Police say Gattke lost a lot of blood but still walked more than one mile to hitchhike a ride back to West Wendover. He was taken to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

Lose is in Elko County Jail with bail at $110,000.

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N8E PAIUTE - 8/7/2013 10:20 AM
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You take your chances hitchhiking...there are good and bad people out there. Be Careful.

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