Justin Hurd, North Carolina fugitive arrested at a Fairborn hotel.
Updated: Friday, 13 Feb 2009, 5:37 PM EST
Published : Friday, 13 Feb 2009, 5:37 PM EST
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - A suspect wanted on a triple murder charge was arrested at a Greene County hotel Feb. 12.
Justin Hurd is wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC Police Department as a suspect in the February 4, 2008 triple homicide of Kevin Young, Kinshasha Wagstaff and Jasmine Hines.
The bodies of Young and Wagstaff were found in the burned remains of their house in Charlotte.
Hines' body was found in a ditch in Huntersville, NC.
Investigation by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police suggested Hurd might be hiding in the Springfield, Ohio area.
The case was assigned to the fugitive hunting, multi-agency task force known as the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST), which is led by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The SOFAST team conducted surveillance of family members of both Hurd and Hurd's girlfriend.
At 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, they were able to determine Hurd was hiding at a Fairborn, Ohio hotel.
SOFAST agents found Hurd in the hotel room bathroom. Hurd tried
to push the bathroom door shut, but it was quickly forced open by
task force officers. Hurd continued to physically resist arrest,
however, SOFAST officers were able to subdue him and place him into
Hurd was taken to the Clark County Jail and Charlotte-Mecklenburg detectives arrived in Springfield Thursday night and served the three murder warrants on Hurd.
Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody praised the efforts of the SOFAST task force and said "this is yet another example of the effectiveness of the task force for the citizens of the Miami Valley."
Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said "The arrest of Justin Hurd is yet another example of the U.S. Marshal SOFAST Task Force making Clark County and the Miami Valley as a whole a safer place. This is why the Clark County Sheriffs Office was one of the first agencies to join SOFAST when it was created, and why we will continue to partner with the U.S. Marshals and SOFAST in the future."
Hurd also had an active arrest warrant for felony theft out of Hamilton County, Ohio.