Lake Charles, LA – Twenty-two year old Justin
William Durbin was arrested on Trousdale Road in Sulphur after at least two
high-speed chases and a multi-jurisdictional manhunt. Durbin was Wanted by the
following agencies: Pima County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona (2010), Baton Rouge
PD (3/2011), Mt. Pleasant PD / South Carolina (4/2011), Collier County Sheriff’s
Office / Naples, Florida (7/2011), Lafayette PD (2010), Virginia Beach PD
(6/2011), Escambia County Sheriff’s Office / Pensacola, Florida (6/2011),
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office / Noblesville, Indiana (6/2011), and Prince
Georges County Sheriff’s Office / Maryland (5/2011). The charges range from
Probation Violation, Grand Theft Auto, Larceny, Burglary, and Fraud.
Late last night (7/13) Louisiana State Police (LSP) in Lafayette (Troop I)
received information from authorities in Florida that Durbin was in the
Lafayette area. LSP contacted the US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF)
and the two agencies worked together to locate Durbin. The information from
Florida suggested Durbin was driving a stolen 2007 Bentley, GT Continental.
Last night LSP located the car, but Durbin was able to get away. This morning,
LSP and VOTF joined forces again; this time LSP brought additional resources to
include their helicopter. Throughout the day information was processed, leads
were developed, and finally Durbin was located again, this time in Lake
Charles. During a high-speed pursuit, Durbin lost control of the stolen Bentley
and eventually wrecked the car. This led to a foot pursuit where Durbin briefly
got away. LSP and VOTF requested blood hounds from Phelps Correctional Center
who responded and kept Durbin on the move. At approximately 9:45 p.m. Durbin
was located on Trousdale Road in Sulphur and arrested without incident. When
Durbin was contacted by Law Enforcement, he simply put his hands in the air and
said, “it’s me.” Other agencies that played a critical role in this arrest:
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (provided air and ground support) and
Louisiana National Guard who provided the helicopter for Louisiana State Police.
Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of
Louisiana, said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring
dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of
Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”
The Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette is a team comprised of
full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia
Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s
Office, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In
2010 VOTF -- Lafayette closed over 400 Warrants, most of which were violent
felony offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested
81,900 state and local fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals
can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
America's Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency