‘Extremely dangerous’ suspect in Union County murder is captured in Lexington, SC

One of two men on the run for allegedly killing a mother of five just east of Charlotte was captured early Friday, 100 miles south of the murder scene in Lexington County, South Carolina, according to Monroe city officials.

Byron Watkins, 25, was arrested at 12:30 a.m., said a press release from the city. Union County deputies had described Watkins as “armed and extremely dangerous” in a tweet.

He is one of two men charged with first degree murder in the death of Lucero Sosa Capote on July 12 at 1603 Tower Court in Monroe, city officials said.

Watkins and 19-year-old Antwan David Sturdivant allegedly broke into Capote’s home around 4:40 a.m. that day and she was shot while trying to protect her children, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV. Two of her children were injured, the station said.

“Lucero Capote was fighting for the her life and the lives of her five kids,” according to a GoFundMe page that seeks to raise money for the family’s expenses. “Her family lost a loving mother, her husband lost a loving wife, and her church lost a well loved Sunday school teacher.”

Sturdivant turned himself into police in the case, reported WCNC.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports a confidential informant provided U.S. Marshals with the tip that led them to them Watkins, who surrendered “without a fight.” He was found in a camper behind a home in Cayce, the newspaper reported.

Watkins’ arrest came the morning after a SWAT situation along the state line on Winterberry Lane, where deputies had gone to serve Watkins with a warrant. Watkins escaped, leading to a manhunt overnight.

He is being charged with first degree murder, first 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, according to a press release.

Sturdivant is charged with first degree murder, first degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault on a female, officials said.

Both men are from the Monroe area, officials said.

Investigators say the two men broke into the home to rob the family, believing the father of the children was at work, reported WSOC.

The GoFundMe page says the children are no longer living in the home because “it’s just to painful to be inside.” The page reports the family is hoping to move to another home.