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Cold Case Solved With Help of NC Wanted

Posted October 9, 2007
Updated October 10, 2007

— A wanted fugitive is off the streets after 27 years on the run, thanks to a knowledgeable viewer and the television show "NC Wanted."

Charles Edward Benjamin, 69, was the Raleigh Police Department's key suspect in a 1980 attempted murder.

Faye Benjamin said Charles Benjamin, her estranged husband, shot her in the face. In June, a friend of Faye Benjamin coaxed her into calling NC Wanted.

“When we couldn't get the information from the Social Security office, I knew that was going to be our chance right there, to call 'NC Wanted' and that's what we did,” Edith McCullough said.

Investigators took the tip information and worked with U.S. Marshals to track Charles Benjamin's whereabouts. Marshals arrested him Oct. 4 at his Brooklyn apartment.

"The key to making the arrest was the fact that the victim learned the suspect was now residing in New York City and passed that information along to us through 'NC Wanted,'" Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, said.

“He [an investigator] said they picked him up because he asked me 'Are you sitting down'? I said, 'Am I sitting down'? I said, 'Yeah, I'm sitting down'. He said, 'Well, they picked him [Charles Edward Benjamin] up'. I said, 'You got to be kidding!' He said, 'No, I'm not either.' I said, 'Oh my Lord,'” Faye Benjamin said.

Faye Benjamin and her husband are still legally married. They were separated at the time of the shooting, and she has not seen him since.

Charles Benjamin is being held in a New York City jail awaiting extradition to North Carolina.


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  • lostcolony2 Oct 10, 2007

    Well, Ms. Benjamin is my aunt (not playing, she's my mother's older sister) and I happen to know that for the greater duration of this time noone knew where he was. So to whoever said something's not adding up, you may need to invest in a new calculator. It was never a question as to who did it, and it was a black mark on the face of my family for some time. I'm glad they caught him, and i hope he pays DEARLY!!!

  • oftenbad Oct 10, 2007

    jahausa, from a friend of mine in law enforcement, she had heard that he was up north somewhere and that's when the detectives decided to look at it again. the us marshal service found his address in NY where he was arrested.

  • Jayne Oct 10, 2007

    now maybe she can get a divorce... alimony anyone?

  • it is getting worse Oct 10, 2007

    be sure, your sins will find you out...

  • JustCrazy2 Oct 10, 2007

    Glad he was captured.

  • headlong Oct 10, 2007

    It is a good show...we needed this. America's Most Wanted was always my favorite BUT more of who is wanted in the area was needed. They would show a couple of mugshots and a briefing on the News in the Mountains which seemed to work but not as informative as this program.

    I am glad to hear it is working!!!

    CONGRATS to this woman!!! Relax, live life to the fullest, and feel safe again!!!

  • PikeMom Oct 10, 2007

    I don't understand this at all. If she was able to find out where he was all this time, why not call the police?

    I was wondering the same thing.I hope she is doing much better these days,but she still sounds a little nutty.

  • msudawg Oct 10, 2007

    The article says they were separated at the time of the shooting but not divorced and they are still married. Why is she still married to him? I would think even if he couldn't be found she could still be granted a divorce and at least have him out of her life that way. Hopefully he is kept locked up for a long time.

  • Panther Oct 10, 2007

    I am glad to read that one more low life is off the streets.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Oct 10, 2007

    jahausa- apparently she had just recently found out his location. that is the way I read the story.

    VERY GOOD, Faye Benjamin, now go, enjoy your life a bit!