Posted: May 21, 2013 8:30 PM by MTN News
CODY - A fugitive wanted in the state of Florida was arrested Monday near the Montana/Wyoming state line.
A task force consisting of Park County Sheriff's Deputies, US Marshals from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming and Investigators from the US Coast Guard Investigative Services arrested 50-year-old David Leon Lashley in northern Park County.
Lashley, going by the name of Wesley Byrd, was wanted on felony state warrants issued out of Florida for failure to appear in March of this year.
Lashley is also a suspect and wanted by the US Coast Guard Investigative Services in connection with the disappearance of a houseboat in Florida in which Lashley attempted to fake his own death. The houseboat was never found.
Authorities allege that after the houseboat disappeared, Lashley assumed the identity of Bryd and fled west from Florida in a motor home.
He was located by US Marshalls in the Clark area on Monday, where he was apprehended without incident.
Lashley had two firearms in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Lashley is currently being held in the Park County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Florida.
There are multiple federal charges pending against Lashley which could include Conspiracy, Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution and Fugitive in Possession of Firearm.
In addition, the US Coast Guard also has charges pending against Lashley involving a Search and Rescue Hoax.
"Cooperation is often the key to fugitive apprehensions," said Park County Sheriff Scott Steward.
"While the primary pursuing agency is familiar with the fugitive, local agencies can add their knowledge of the area and the residents," explained Steward.
"Putting these resources together more often than not leads to successful apprehensions," Stewad said.