On the morning of July 13, the Blythe Police Department (BPD) announced the arrest of 48-year-old Waylin Ray Blanks of Shreveport, La., for an outstanding murder warrant.
"Blythe Police Detective Sergeant Garth Dale stated The Detective Bureau was contacted about a week ago regarding Blanks, a suspect in a murder in Louisiana. Blanks was reported to be armed and dangerous and hiding out in the Blythe area," stated BPD.
According to jail information, Blanks was arrested in E. Hobsonway at 9:41 a.m.
"Detectives and officers have been searching for Blanks, following up on leads provided by The Shreveport, Louisiana Police. He was located inside a local hotel room, and taken into custody without incident," stated BPD. "According to Shreveport Police, Blanks has an extensive criminal history with outstanding warrants for weapons charges. He also has a felony parole violation in California."
In response to a comment on social media, BPD stated Blanks may have been hiding out in Blythe for almost a year.
Blanks currently has an upcoming court hearing scheduled for the afternoon of Oct. 12 and remains in custody as of this publication's deadline, with "no bail" publicly listed.