Second suspect apprehended for murdering a Monroe woman in SC

Man captured in SC on the run, for the murder of a Monroe, NC Mother who was killed in front of her children.

(UNION CO.)- Lucero Sosa Capote was murdered on July 12, 2019 at 1603 Tower Ct. in Monroe, NC. Warrants for the arrests of the two men involved in his death were issued on Wednesday.

Those two men are Byron Blair Watkins and Antwan David Sturdivant. Lucero Capote was murdered in front of her five children.

Warrants of the two men were issued for the Murder of Lucero Sosa Capote and one suspect went on the run. Byron Watkins was captured in Lexington County, SC early Friday morning.

The United States Marshals Service along with Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, City of Columbia Police Department, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division all assisted in the search.

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Byron Watkins

Law enforcement has said that Watkins was taken into custody around 1 a.m. by the U.S. Marshals and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office without incident. 

Watkins is awaiting extradition at the Lexington County Jail. 

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Sturdivant (L) Watkins (R)

Byron Blair Watkins, has been described as a white male, age 25, 5’6” in height, 160LBS has tattoos about his entire body. He has formally been charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Discharge a Firearm in an occupied dwelling, and Assault on a Child under 12.

Antwan David Sturdivant, has been described as a black male, age 19, 5’10” in height, weighs 180LBS and has short dread locs. He has been formally charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault on a Female. Sturdivant is already in custody.

Both subjects were considered armed and dangerous prior to their arrests.

Watkins waived his extradition this morning in Lexington County and was picked up by Monroe Police Detectives and brought back to Union County for the service of the warrants.

Chief Gilliard of Monroe PD expressed his appreciation to all of the law enforcement agencies and all the other public safety entities that assisted in capturing Mr. Watkins.

Chief Gilliard stated, “our hearts go out the family of this terrible tragedy. Our detectives worked tirelessly to bring this case to a resolution. We are just so thankful for everyone that assisted us in the case. We hope this offers the family some semblance of peace”.

If anyone has information on either suspects involvement in this crime please contact the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600

Air Force vet disappeared in Union Co. last month without a trace


Name: Forrest Steven Treat
Alias/AKA/Nickname: Fin
Age: 29-years-old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 155lbs (pounds)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Hazel

Forrest Steven Treat was last seen around 11:00am on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 walking on Glen Hollow Drive (Arbor Glen) near Edgeview Drive, Indian Trail, NC wearing a dark jacket, light blue checkered shirt and dark blue pants.

Treat is seen on neighbors surveillance video from neighboring homes place his cellphone and wallet in his work truck before he walked down the sidewalk.

Union Co. Sheriff’s Office updated the following day of the disappearance stating, “Deputies and detectives have spent many hours searching for 29-year-old Forrest Stephen Treat of Glen Hollow Drive located in the Arbor Glen subdivision in Indian Trail. Treat was reported missing yesterday afternoon. Surveillance camera footage from neighborhood homes show Treat walking on Glen Hollow Drive near Edgeview Drive at approximately 11:00 am yesterday.

After searching in and around Arbor Glen and surrounding areas using several K-9s, Treat remains missing. We continue to follow leads provided by the public. If you have information about Treat or believe you might have seen him, please call 911 or the UCSO.”

Forrest served in the U.S. Air Force and doesn’t have any sort of criminal history. Search was conducted on foot and aerial approach as well. Forrest’s family reported that this is not in Treat’s character and doesn’t make any sense.

As more time passes, the deeper the concern the family and friends have grows immensely.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office issued another release yesterday, March 5, 2019 stating the search continues by UCSO deputies and detectives for clues in the disappearance of Forrest “Fin” Treat.


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If you have information concerning his whereabouts or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, please call the Union County Sheriff’s Office, 704-283-3789, Crimestoppers at 704-283-5600 or dial 9-11.