Dangerous Suspect Arrested in Pecos County

Gillie Thomas Thurby Jr.
Gillie Thomas Thurby Jr.

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

PECOS COUNTY - Charges have been filed against the man authorties said murdered a Crane man then led them on an all day search.

Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm, authorities from Crane, Upton, and Pecos Counties caught up with 42-year old Gillie Thomas Thurby, Junior. 
NewsWest 9 the only ones on the scene in Pecos County Wednesday afternoon during the arrest.
Crane Police allege Thurby stabbed and killed Jorge Silva in Crane Tuesday night before leading authorities on a high speed chase. On Tuesday night and throughout the day Wednesday, law enforcement officials searched by air and ground in their hunt for Thurby. The entire chase and search totaled some 17 hours.

Authorities caught up with Thurby after getting a tip that he was hiding in a nearby warehouse.

"[We] came back in here later and James went over there and looked and saw his footprint on a piece of three-inch pipe," Jarrod Eicher, an employee with Big State X-Ray, said. "Maybe where he had stepped up on top and got into the attic. James got up there and looked and saw some where he had wiped the dirt from his footprints. Stepped up in there and sure enough that guy was hiding up in there."

Crane County Sheriff Robert DeLeon informed NewsWest 9 after Wednesday's arrest that Thurby appeared before a judge in Pecos County. Authorities then transported him to Crane County where he is facing four charges.

Thurby faces Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant and Assault Family Violence. In addition, Thurby is also charged with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and a Captial Murder charge. 
Sheriff DeLeon said these charges are just in Crane County. Thurby is also on parole for two felonies in the state of Colorado.