Convicted bank robber and fugitive may be headed to Utah, police say

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TUSTIN, Calif. (News4Utah) – Police in southern California are trying to track down a parole fugitive who they say has committed more crimes.

Daniel David Courson has evaded law enforcement for the last several years, but now investigators have new information that lead them to believe he was living in Colorado and may be on the move again.

In 2006, Courson committed 19 bank robberies in San Diego and Orange Counties. He was arrested and served eight years in prison and was paroled in 2014.

Police say in 2015, Courson befriended a southern California resident who was severely ill.  They say he tried to steal expensive jewelry, art and money from that person before fleeing the area. 

APRIL 2017
Detectives received information that Courson was living in Park City and had been using several different names and identities. Detectives discovered that Courson was offering guitar lessons under the cover of “Park City Guitar Lessons.” Detectives also learned Courson began a relationship with someone in Salt Lake City and would frequently travel back and forth between the two cities.

MAY 2017
Detectives from California and Utah obtained information of Courson’s whereabouts in May 2017. As they closed in for an arrest, Courson was tipped off to the fact law enforcement was in the area and he was able to flee before they caught him.

Courson has been known to use several different names, including: Max Taylor, Scott E Taylor, Max Robert Taylor, Mark Pavlik, and Jeremy Penrod.

MARCH 2018
Investigators from Tustin Police Department say they have reason to believe Courson has been living in Boulder, Colo. and using the alias Adam Scott Hopkins. Police say he was able to flee again before law enforcement was contacted.

Courson is believed to be driving a stolen silver 2007 Toyota Tacoma with TRD emblems on the side panels, small lift with black rims Utah License #E048HU.

Investigators believe Courson is actively fleeing Colorado and could be headed back to Utah. Police say he should be considered dangerous.

Anyone with a tip can call Detective Newton with Tustin PD at 562-292-0140.

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