Violent sexual predator missing from DeLand found, arrested in North Carolina, deputies say

Donald Talbert, 56, cut off his ankle monitor to evade authorities

DeLand man Donald Talbert, 56, is to be considered a "violent sexual predator" and dangerous, Volusia Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday. He was last seen driving a 2003 silver Hyundai Accent with Florida tag number 47B-AVY. (Volusia Sheriff's Office)

DELAND, Fla. – A DeLand man considered a “violent sexual predator” was found and arrested in North Carolina after cutting off his ankle monitor to evade authorities, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

A search for Donald Talbert, 56, ended after he was found at a hotel Friday night, according to deputies.

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Deputies were searching for Talbert who was recently put on probation after his prison release.

The sheriff’s office said Talbert had cut off his ankle monitor, preventing the regulation of his whereabouts.

“(Talbert) reportedly made suicidal statements via text to a friend and stated he would cut off his ankle monitor,” the release said.

The sheriff’s office said he will be extradited to Volusia County.


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