A fugitive brother of California Rep. Gary Condit was taken into custody early Saturday morning on a violation of probation warrant by an off-duty sheriff's deputy who discovered him at a Dania Beach, Fla. hotel.
The deputy was working an off-duty security detail in the parking lot of the Red Carpet Inn when a van matching the description of one being driven by Darrell Wayne Condit pulled into the motel parking lot around 3:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
The deputy recognized the blue grey 1992 Toyota Previa from a flyer being circulated by detectives to all deputies countywide.
He showed the flyer to the motel manager and asked him to see if Condit's picture resembled the man checking in at the registration desk. The manager signaled the deputy, indicating he thought it was Darrell Condit.
When Darrell Condit returned to the van, the deputy approached him and asked for identification. He produced a Florida identification card bearing the name Stanley Buchanan. The deputy asked him step out of the van.
When Condit refused, the deputy and his back-up removed him, placed him on the pavement and handcuffed him. A small amount of marijuana was removed from his right front pocket.
Darrell Condit is being charged with violation of probation for the Key West warrant, resisting arrest without violence, false identification on a Florida ID card, driving on a suspended license, and misdemeanor possession of cannabis. He will be held without bail at the Broward County main jail, awaiting transport to Monroe County.
Condit has become a point of interest in the Chandra Levy case, as the family of the missing intern and others press police to find out whether he had any role in her disappearance.
Condit, 49, has a lengthy criminal record and has been jailed in five different states, according to sources. And it only makes sense to talk to him about the Levy case, say her family and a number of law enforcement experts.
"We think it would be fertile ground" for investigation, a Levy family source told The New York Post on Wednesday. "We know there's a criminal history. I'm sure [police] are going to work that angle."
But police officials in Monroe County, Fla., an area that covers the Florida keys and the last place where Darrell Condit was known to reside, told Fox News Thursday morning they had not yet been asked by a single law enforcement agency to look for him.
Investigators in Washington have talked about finding Darrell Condit to question him in the Levy case, but said they had no idea where to find him. He was last known to be in Florida several years ago.
"We're not ruling anything out," a police official told The Post, when asked if his agency would question Darrell Condit if it located him. "The Levy case is still an active critical missing persons case."
Darrell was last arrested five years ago in Florida for drunken driving, possession of marijuana, and driving with a suspended license. He violated parole as a result of those arrests and has been a fugitive ever since. He had already been in and out of prison several times before the 1996 arrest.
"Between 1994 and 1996, we saw him as regular visitor to our detention facility," according to Monroe County Sheriff spokesman Becky Herrin. "After 1996, we didn't have any contact with him at all."
It was not clear if Darrell Condit has been in touch with Congressman Condit over the years. Police this week have declined to discuss details of the relationship between Darrell and the California Democrat.
Police in Modesto, where another Condit brother is a police officer, also declined on Tuesday to discuss specifics of Darrel Condit's case. But on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported this about the fugitive:
"Darrell's rap sheet and needle-scarred body became a testament to a life that had spiraled out of control soon after the family put down roots in Ceres. He fell into the shadows of the San Joaquin Valley's methamphetamine nether world, court records show, and hopped from state to federal prison on convictions for drug possession, vehicle theft and trying to pass a forged government check. In the 1980s, he led Modesto police on a high-speed chase through city streets, convinced they were trying to kill him."
Fox News Channel's Orlando Salinas contributed to this report.