Murder suspect Robert Durst, subject of HBO's 'The Jinx,' had more than $42,000 in cash, a fake ID and a latex mask when authorities arrested him in New Orleans last weekend, newly obtained records show.
Inside Durst's hotel room at the J.W. Mariott on Canal Street, police say they found $42,631 in cash, mostly in $100 bills packed in small envelopes, according to an affidavit for a warrant to search Durst's home in Houston, signed by a judge in Harris County, Texas, on Tuesday (March 17).
The new details were made public Wednesday after authorities in Houston searched the real-estate scion's home at the request of Los Angeles officials, who have charged Durst in the 2000 death of his longtime confidante and spokesperson, Susan Berman.
According to the document, members of the FBI's Violent Offenders Task Force found Durst on in the lobby of the hotel a little before 7 p.m. Saturday. When FBI Special Agent William Williams approached the 71-year-old man from behind and identified himself, Durst had a small backpack with him but claimed he did not have any type of identification.
When agents searched Durst's room -- he was staying in room 2303 under the name Everette Ward -- they found a Texas ID with the same alias, and not his real name, the record states.
"That's pretty good," Durst said to the agents when confronted with the fake ID, according to the Texas document.
A separate warrant issued by Louisiana State Police and released Tuesday said Durst also had more than 5 ounces of marijuana and a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver. The weapon contained one spent shell casing, detectives said, and four live rounds.
Inside the hotel room, agents also came across a latex-rubber mask "which would cover an individual's head and neck," possibly to be used as a disguise by the Durst. He has been known in the past to disguise himself as a mute woman, including when he was on the lam from authorities and hiding out in Galveston, Texas, more than decade ago.
Agents eventually found Durst's real passport and birth certificate as well as a handwritten note including the word "UPS" and a series of numbers. According to the Texas affidavit, Durst told the agents the note was "a tracking number for a shipment of a large sum of cash monies."
A source familiar with the investigation has confirmed that Los Angeles police detectives sought to arrest Durst last weekend out of concern that he was preparing to flee New Orleans to Cuba.
Video Fox13 Video Video Fox13 After the affidavit was signed Tuesday evening, Texas authorities spent several hours searching Durst's home in a 17-story condominium building in a tony Houston neighborhood.
Officers were seen carrying out several boxes, which included bank statements, checks, newspaper articles, seven credit cards and multiple court documents, The Associated Press said.
The Texas affidavit also said authorities confiscated three books from Durst's apartment: Video Video Fox13 Video Fox13 Without a Trace, and two copies of A Deadly Secret, both which are about his wife's mysterious disappearance.
Durst, meanwhile, is awaiting extradition to California following a first-degree murder warrant out of Los Angeles county naming him a suspect in Berman's killing.
Authorities late Tuesday transferred Durst from Orleans Parish Prison to a state prison in St. Gabriel, after Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office filed a writ saying Durst was considered suicidal and needed to be moved to a facility that could provide the watch and treatment necessary.
Durst recently underwent a type of neurosurgery and is being treated with hydrocodone, a powerful opiate and pain reliever, according to court records.
In addition to the first-degree murder charge in California, Durst faces charges in Louisiana on being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.
It remains unclear how long Durst will remain in Louisiana and whether the Orleans Parish District Attorney will seek to formally charge him on the weapons counts.
Durst's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, has said he hopes to have his client moved to California as soon as possible to address the more serious murder charge there.
"Bob Durst did not kill Susan Berman and doesn't know who did," DeGuerin said while addressing reporters Tuesday. "We want to have a hearing as quickly as possible here in Louisiana to contest the original arrest and all that flowed from it."
According to the film maker's of the HBO mini-series, Durst is "at the heart of three killings." They include the murder of Berman, a crime writer, the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie Durst, and the killing of his neighbor, Morris Black, whose dismembered body parts were found floating in garbage bags in Galveston Bay in 2001.
Durst was tried on charges of murder in Black's killing in 2003, but a Texas jury acquitted him after Durst claimed he murdered his neighbor in self-defense.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have accused Durst of lying in wait and killing Berman, who was to be a witness in a New York investigation. At the time of her death, New York authorities were planning to interview Berman about what she knew about the disappearance of Durst's wife.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the Texas court document was an affidavit for an arrest warrant. The affidavit sought a warrant to search Durst's home.