The long arm of the law is finally drawing Scooby Doo villain Robert Durst into its halfhearted embrace: a New Orleans judge denied Durst bail on Monday, ruling that he's a flight risk. Prosecutors said that when Durst was arrested in New Orleans on March 14, they found a .38-caliber revolver, a latex mask, and a map of Cuba. Durst was also expecting a package containing clothing and $100,000 cash.
According to the New York Times, an investigator with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office testified that Durst's hotel room contained the gun, five ounces of marijuana, a fake Texas ID card, a valid passport, clothes, $45,000, a map including Florida and Cuba, the latex mask, and a sheet of paper with a UPS tracking number. When they seized the package, they found $117,000 cash.
Durst was tracked down in New Orleans after leaving his Houston condo carrying suitcases; he briefly disappeared after he stopping using his cellphone, which the authorities were tracking, but was found after he called his voicemail from a Marriott in New Orleans.
According to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Durst is being held on illegal gun possession charges (he does have one felony conviction, remember, meaning that he can't carry a gun). Here is his booking photo, showing Robert Durst truly cannot take a good picture to save his life:
Durst's lawyer isn't even trying to get him bail at this point, recognizing the limitations of his legal powers, but is trying to argue that the search of his hotel room was illegal, and that Los Angeles investigators who had arrived in New Orleans shouldn't have interviewed him without the attorney present. Durst is awaiting extradition to Los Angeles, where he is being charged, finally, with the 2000 killing of his friend Susan Berman.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports, Vermont police are still interested in chatting with him about a cold case from 1971, an 18-year-old woman named Lynne Schulze who vanished from the town of Middlebury. Durst owned a health food store there. Police told Reuters they have been aware of Durst as a potential suspect for "several years," but aren't currently releasing any other information. He is not officially a suspect in the disappearance of two teenage girls in San Francisco in 1997. A sister of one of those girls is begging Durst to speak up if he knows anything about their disappearance.
Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans, March 17. Photo via AP