Manhunt for Dayonte Resiles Over After Murder Suspect Captured at West Palm Beach Motel

Dayonte Resiles escaped from the Broward County Courthouse last week.
Dayonte Resiles escaped from the Broward County Courthouse last week.
Broward Sheriff's Office/Georgia Guercio via Wikimedia Commons

Seven days after he slipped out of shackles and left the Broward County Courthouse through a back door, allegedly with the help of at least seven others, accused murderer Dayonte Resiles was marched back into the Fort Lauderdale jail not long before dawn this morning.

Surrounded by a SWAT team at a West Palm Beach motel, Resiles surrendered peacefully late Wednesday night; thus ended one of the most intensive manhunts in South Florida history.

"South Florida is a safer place," declared Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

Resiles was accused of stabbing a Davie woman in 2014. A $50,000 reward had been offered for tips leading to his capture.

Police had made a series of arrests over the past few days and indicated they knew where he was hiding all along. On Wednesday, cops arrested two more accomplices in the case.  

Resiles was arrested around 11 p.m. last night at the Days Inn at 2300 W. 45th St. 

Earlier in the day, cops had charged Francine Mesadieu, a 31-year-old cousin of Resiles, and Paige Lazarya Jackson, age 18, of Fort Lauderdale. The authorities alleged Mesadieu, who was on probation, had given Resiles a wig, colored contact lenses, and clothes. Resiles had called Jackson before the escape. 

Also accused of conspiring in the escape are: Laquay Stern, whose BMW was used as a getaway car; Winston Russell, age 22, of Sunrise, who piloted the BMW;  17-year-old twins TreVon and Kretron Barnes, who told Resiles the getaway car was in position; and inmate Walter Hart III, who helped Resiles loosen his waist chain.

More than 200 Broward Sheriff's employees, as well as officers from numerous other local, federal, and state agencies, were involved in the search. 

Authorities said there would likely be more arrests. 

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