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'America's Most Wanted' fugitive arrested in Pittsboro

Posted May 30, 2008 10:43 a.m. EDT
Updated May 30, 2008 3:41 p.m. EDT

— Chatham County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who was featured on the television show "America’s Most Wanted" in March 2008.

Derrick Shawnte Benjamin was wanted by the Richland County sheriff’s office in South Carolina for receiving stolen money from an armored car robbery in Richland County, S.C., in May 2007.

Deputies received information that Benjamin was living in Siler City, and investigators were able to verify the tip.

Cpl. Jose Cruz arrested Benjamin after stopping his vehicle at N.C. Highway 15-501/87 and Old Sanford Road on Thursday. Benjamin identified himself and was cooperative, deputies said.

Benjamin was charged with a felony charge of fleeing from justice and misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was being held in the Chatham County Jail on Friday, with no bond for the fugitive charge and  $100,000 bond for the other charges.

Deputies also filed misdemeanor drug charges against the driver of the car in which Benjamin was riding. Tamara Jena Johnson, 22, of 110 Amy Lane in Siler City, was released from jail under a $1,000 secured bond.

Authorities said Benjamin was one of six people involved in the robbery of an armored truck near Columbia with more than $18 million inside. Investigators say it was an inside job and the thieves only made off with about $10 million.