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

SERIAL RAPIST: Accused robber-rapist with 13 incidents linked back to 1995

Spartanburg PD and Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office made an arrest this month in a 24-year-long string of cases that began as far back as 1995. 13-incidents with 12 victims of criminal sexual conduct or attempted criminal sexual conduct. The detectives finally saw a break in solving who the serial suspect was by DNA evidence that was analyzed by SLED giving a hit. All victims were white females, ages ranging from 14-51 years old. The accused never formed a specific pattern of targeting. A first court date has not been set yet for this suspect.

(SPARTANBURG, SC)- Between 1995 and 2003, 12 women in Spartanburg County were the victims of criminal sexual conduct or attempted criminal sexual conduct. All of the offenses occurred at apartment complexes in the early morning hours, and from interviewing the victims, a suspect description was developed.

The victims in these cases described the offender as a black male, 5’10 to 6’00 tall, 160-180 pounds, well spoken, wearing dark clothing and either a ball cap or toboggan. The suspect’s actions in all the incidents were also very similar, leading investigators to believe that all the offenses were committed by the same person. Once the results of DNA analysis came back on the completed criminal sexual conduct cases, it confirmed all the incidents were committed by the same person. Despite numerous potential suspects being interviewed and their DNA collected and analyzed, the results never revealed a suspect. Further compounding the investigation is that the suspect never established a pattern, as evidenced by gaps of 16 months, 20 months, and 37 months between incidents. All the victims were white females, and their ages ranged from 14-51 years old. One of the victims was targeted twice, for a total of 13 incidents.

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Approximately six (6) months ago, investigators with both the Spartanburg City Police Department and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office began looking at these cases from a different perspective. Officers began an aggressive new look at the cases with specific emphasis on forensic evidence. Technological advances have allowed the investigative teams to expand their capabilities and review of the cases.

Investigators from both agencies worked tirelessly reviewing all of the old cases, re-interviewing victims, identifying potential family members of possible suspects, collecting new DNA samples, and sending that evidence to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for analysis. SPD received a notification from SLED earlier this month that through their analysis, a suspect with a matching DNA profile had been identified. That profile matched the evidence collected from the victims in six (6) of the completed criminal sexual conduct cases.

Press Conference Live Stream with Spartanburg Herald-Journal 

For nearly 24 years, these investigators just had a sketch, statements and DNA samples collected from six incidents that matched the same person. In some of the incidents, it was a matter of no evidence to be collected or it was an attempted rape in other cases, which is why investigators couldn’t pin down who the suspect was for a long time.

The suspect was identified as Gregory Howard Frye, B/M, 121 Clint Ct., Spartanburg, SC, 29307. Frye was arrested by investigators from both agencies on April 3, 2019, and transported to the Spartanburg Police Department. Frye is charged with one count of Burglary – First Degree, Kidnapping, and Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree for one of the incidents in the county. Additional charges are pending, and Frye went before a magistrate, who informed him he would have to appear before a circuit court judge for arraignment at a later date.

Both Spartanburg agencies have been in contact with neighboring agencies in order to allow them to review any similar crimes in their jurisdictions. Two of Frye’s incidents occurred in the city limits of Spartanburg, and the remaining 11 incidents occurred in the county.

Here’s a map of the assaults that happened throughout Spartanburg County and the City of Spartanburg. Legend Purple: 1995 Brown: 1996 Green: 1997 Blue: 1998 Maroon: 1999 Yellow: 2002-2003

A background check shows Frye having three prior criminal charges in South Carolina, though he has several convictions for various traffic violations, including failure to stop for blue lights.  The cases were filed on 04/09/19 or 04/11/19 and a court appearance date is still pending being calendared at this time per the Spartanburg County Seventh Judicial Circuit Public Index. 

 

 

 

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

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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.