By Kevin Deutsch
Coral Springs Police last week helped capture a reputed Bloods gang member turned fugitive from justice, court records show.
Rodney Whitehurst, 29, whose criminal history includes arrests for robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a felon, was wanted for a probation violation stemming from a North Carolina assault case when police got wind of his local whereabouts, according to the records.
A Coral Springs Police detective, part of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, worked with other task force officers to track Whitehurst to the 11000 block of West Sample Road on March 9, an arrest affidavit states.
When authorities arrived, Whitehurst allegedly tried to flee in a white Kia, ramming a task force officer’s car before driving away, striking a tree, and taking off on foot, records show.
He was captured a short time later on Royal Palm Boulevard, police said.
Whitehurst was booked into the Broward Main Jail on charges including aggravated battery on an officer, criminal mischief, fleeing from law enforcement, reckless driving, and resisting an officer, records show.
He was being held without bond Wednesday while awaiting extradition.
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