SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - A suspect wanted on a triple murder charge was arrested at aGreene County hotel Feb. 12.
Justin Hurd is wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC PoliceDepartment as a suspect in the February 4, 2008 triple homicide ofKevin Young, Kinshasha Wagstaff and Jasmine Hines.
The bodies of Young and Wagstaff were found in the burnedremains of their house in Charlotte.
Hines' body was found in a ditch in Huntersville, NC.
Investigation by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police suggested Hurdmight be hiding in the Springfield, Ohio area.
The case was assigned to the fugitive hunting, multi-agency taskforce 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 bothHurd and Hurd's girlfriend.
At 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, they were able to determine Hurdwas hiding at a Fairborn, Ohio hotel.
SOFAST agents found Hurd in the hotel room bathroom. Hurd triedto push the bathroom door shut, but it was quickly forced open bytask force officers. Hurd continued to physically resist arrest,however, SOFAST officers were able to subdue him and place him intocustody.
Hurd was taken to the Clark County Jail andCharlotte-Mecklenburg detectives arrived in Springfield Thursdaynight and served the three murder warrants on Hurd.
Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody praised the efforts of theSOFAST task force and said "this is yet another example of theeffectiveness of the task force for the citizens of the MiamiValley."
Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said "The arrest of Justin Hurdis yet another example of the U.S. Marshal SOFAST Task Force makingClark County and the Miami Valley as a whole a safer place. This iswhy the Clark County Sheriffs Office was one of the first agenciesto join SOFAST when it was created, and why we will continue topartner with the U.S. Marshals and SOFAST in the future."
Hurd also had an active arrest warrant for felony theft out ofHamilton County, Ohio.
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