Sex Offender Search: WMW viewer tip helps catch David Bethel; Durwin Brooks also arrested

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FUGITIVE CAPTURED Dec. 28th, 2012 —The Department of Corrections says Durwin Brooks was arrested by local law enforcement in the Tri-Cities, on his DOC warrant and a new felony charge of Failure to Register as a sex offender in Benton County.

Tri Cities Crime Stoppers took a Washington’s Most Wanted viewer tip this morning on fugitive David Bethel.  He’s a high-violent offender featured on Washington’s Most Wanted on My FOX Tri-CITIES (KFFX FOX 11 TV) Saturday night.  He was wanted for Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  He’s known for his aggression towards law enforcement.

Crime Stoppers passed on the information on Bethel’s location to the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force.  Officers say after some surveillance, Bethel left the residence and they followed him to a truck stop.  When Bethel realized they were about to grab him he took off in his Cadillac and headed back home where he was stopped.

He is in Benton County Jail on the Escape from Community Custody  and  a new charge of Felony Attempting to Elude.

He is the 353rd fugitive captured thanks to our viewers and partnerships with law enforcement and Crime Stoppers programs statewide.

Durwin Brooks is still wanted.

There’s a pair of dangerous sex offenders who have gone off the grid in the Tri-City area.

Both David Bethel and Durwin Brooks are wanted by the Department of Corrections for Escape.

Bethel is a convicted rapist who’s also been busted for  indecent exposer.

Brooks has been busted for a child sex crime.

Officers say both are meth-head who have failed to register as a sex offender, and have massive rap sheets filled with much more than just sex crimes.

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Criminal history for DAVID BETHEL:

  • Residential Burglary x 2
  • Theft 1st Degree x 2
  • Theft 2nd Degree
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender x 2
  • Burglary 2nd Degree
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine x 3
  • Taking a Motor Vehicle
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Rape 2nd Degree
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Assault 4th Degree x 6
  • Theft 3rd Degree x 8
  • Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree x 2
  • Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree
  • Driving with suspended license x 2
  • Destruction of Property/Domestic Violence

Here are the details on DAVID BETHEL:

  • Age: 31
  • Ht: 6’2″
  • Wt: 180 lbs
  • Tattoos: “Lost” on left calf, “Cause” on right calf

Criminal History for DURWIN BROOKS:

  • Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine x 4
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender x 3
  • Assault 2nd Degree with Strangulation and Domestic Violence Enhancement
  • Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer x 2
  • Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree
  • Assault 4th Degree
  • Criminal Possession of Leased/Rental Equipment
  • Criminal Trespass 1st Degree x 2
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon
  • Bail Jumping
  • Hit & Run
  • Driving with suspended license x 5

Here are the details on DURWIN BROOKS:

  • Age: 37
  • Ht: 5’11”
  • Wt: 180 lbs

If you know where either of these dangerous missing sex offender and high-violent offenders are, call an anonymous tip into:

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

CLICK HERE for information on how to TEXT A TIP to Crime Stoppers

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