Missoula fugitive arrested after hours on the run

Posted at 11:57 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 13:57:34-04

MISSOULA – A man wanted by US Marshals is behind bars after a manhunt that lasted all day on Wednesday.

Missoula Police had been looking for David Alan Moorse, 32, after he fled from U.S. Marshals while they were attempting to execute a search warrant Wednesday morning. At one point he crashed his getaway car on South Reserve street. 

Law enforcement surrounded a South Avenue apartment complex around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and took Moorse into custody without incident. Moorse was booked into the Missoula County jail shortly after 10:15 p.m.

Missoula Police Sergeant J.C. Denton told MTN News that Moorse was spotted leaving the Southgate Mall area by a police officer and they also received a couple tips from the public.

Sgt. Denton says Moorse was arrested in the South Avenue/Reserve Street area following a short foot pursuit. Moorse was arrested not far from where the original incident occurred and Sgt. Denton said that it’s believed that he had been hiding in that area since the incident began.

Moorse — who is being held on burglary and traffic charges — is scheduled to appear in a Missoula courtroom on Thursday.

State prison records show Moorse with prior convictions of theft and criminal mischief charges in Missoula in 2014 as well as on an escape charge out of Butte-Silver Bow County.