An ex-convict charged in five Oklahoma strangling deaths told a Texas state trooper he did not know who or where he was after he crashed on a highway near Waco and was arrested, according to records released by Texas officials last week. Joshua Durcho, 26, crashed Summer Rust's Ford Thunderbird about 8:25 p.m. Jan. 13 in Hamilton County, Texas. About four hours earlier, Oklahoma prosecutors had charged him with murder in connection with the Jan. 12 deaths of Rust, 24, and her four children, Kirsten Rust, 7, Autumn Rust, 7, Teagin Rust, 4, and Evynn Garas, 3, in their El Reno apartment. Texas authorities last week released video of Durcho's crash and arrest and a detailed arrest report in response to an open records request filed in January by The Oklahoman. The video, taken from Texas trooper J.K. Matthews' dashboard-mounted video camera, shows the trooper tailing the Thunderbird as it veers off the road to the right and crashes. In the police report, Matthews states the car struck a guard rail and a cedar tree before spinning out, and the car was smoking as Matthews approached it. Matthews told dispatchers he was following a "possible drunk driver" as he drove behind the Thunderbird before it suddenly crashed. After the wreck, Matthews walked to the car and told Durcho to be still. When Matthews asked Durcho for his name, he said, "Where am I?" As paramedics tended to Durcho, a dispatcher informed officials the Thunderbird was stolen in connection with the El Reno homicides, Matthews wrote in the report. Dispatchers told Matthews that Durcho had five murder warrants from Canadian County, prompting Matthews to put Durcho in handcuffs soon after paramedics had loaded him onto a gurney. Durcho was treated and released from a nearby hospital and taken to jail. He declined to fight extradition, and Oklahoma authorities booked him into the Canadian County jail in El Reno early Jan. 15. Durcho, who waived his preliminary hearing last week, is next scheduled to appear in court May 19 for arraignment. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty. He is jailed without bond.
View Joshua Durcho's detailed offense report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.