Robert Durst Is Arrested



Robert A. Durst, the scion of a New York real estate family, was arrested late Saturday night in New Orleans on a warrant issued in a Los Angeles homicide investigation, law enforcement officials said.

For years, questions have swirled around Mr. Durst about the unsolved killing of a close friend in Los Angeles in 2000, \his first wife’s disappearance in 1982, and the shooting and dismemberment of a Texas neighbor in 2001.

Mr. Durst is the subject of an HBO documentary series examining the unsolved killing of the friend, Susan Berman, and the disappearance of his ex-wife, Kathleen Durst. The final episode of the documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” was scheduled to air on Sunday night.

The Los Angeles district attorney recently reopened an investigation into Ms. Berman’s death, and is tying it to the case of Mr. Durst’s missing wife in New York. Mr. Durst went on trial in 2001 for the murder of the Texas neighbor, Morris Black. A jury found him not guilty, though Mr. Durst admitted having dismembered Mr. Black’s body.

Mr. Durst’s lawyer, Chip B. Lewis, said the arrest of his client on Saturday was on murder charges in the death of Ms. Berman. Mr. Durst was arrested at the JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans without incident and was expected to appear before a magistrate judge on Sunday to begin extradition proceedings, Mr. Lewis said.

“We’re waiving extradition so that we can get back to Los Angeles so that we can get back and fight the charges,” he said.

The details of the warrant were not released on Sunday morning. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the warrant was issued by the Los Angeles Police Department. Officials from that police agency did not immediately return calls for comment.

Mr. Durst, 71, was arrested by deputies from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, according to an online record of his arrest. He was being held without bond.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that F.B.I. agents participated in the arrest.

Reporting was contributed by Joseph Goldstein and Charles V. Bagli