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For Immediate Release

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February 13, 2009 William L. Taylor,
Supervisory Deputy United States Marshals Service Southern District of Ohio (937) 225-2917
 NORTH CAROLINA TRIPLE MURDER SUSPECT APPREHENDED BY SOFAST
James M. Wahlrab, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announces the arrest of Justin Hurd. Hurd was identified, by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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 at 6002 Patricia Ryan Drive in Charlotte. Hines’ body was found in a ditch on Howell Ridge Road in Huntersville (NC). Investigation by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police suggested Hurd might be hiding in the Springfield, Ohio area. Although murder warrants had not yet been issued for Hurd’s arrest, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police contacted Ohio law enforcement agencies, for officer safety reasons, and briefed them on Hurd. Hurd also had an active arrest warrant for felony theft originating out of Hamilton County, Ohio. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police requested they be contacted if Hurd was located so that they could interview him regarding the triple homicide.

Because Hurd has a violent history of resisting police officers when encountered and he was believed to be hiding in the Springfield area, the U.S. Marshals, the Springfield Police Department and the Clark County Sheriffs Office made locating him a high priority. 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 multiple family members of both Hurd and Hurd's girlfriend. At 830am yesterday morning, their patience was rewarded when they were able to determine Hurd was hiding at a hotel in Beavercreek, Ohio. SOFAST made entry into the room and located Hurd in the hotel room bathroom. Hurd attempted to push the bathroom door shut to prevent his arrest 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 custody.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were contacted by the SOFAST team and briefed on the arrest. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Detectives immediately departed Charlotte enroute to Ohio in order to interview Hurd. Hurd was taken in to custody and transported to the Clark County Jail. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Detectives arrived in Springfield late last 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.”

SOFAST in the Miami Valley area is comprised of the following federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies: United States Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Agriculture, OIG, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Clark County Sheriffs Office, Darke County Sheriffs Office, Preble County Sheriffs Office, Dayton police Department, German Township Police Department, Germantown Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Miamisburg Police Department, Moraine Police Department, New Lebanon Police Department, Perry Township Police Department, Springfield Police Department, and the Trotwood Police Department.

The U.S. Marshals Service was America’s first federal law enforcement agency and each year arrests more fugitives than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov .