Police in Central Florida arrested two Beaufort fugitives wanted for separate crimes Wednesday after they fled South Carolina together.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested Johnnie Lee Henderson, 20, and Mack Washington Jr., 26, and soon will send them back to Beaufort, where they face armed robbery charges for two high-profile crimes.
Henderson was the only suspect still at large in connection with the Aug. 20 armed robbery and shooting death of Joshua Tiger, who was killed inside his home on Centerview Drive in Polk Village.
Washington also was the only suspect still at large in connection with the Memorial Day armed robbery of a woman in the parking lot of the Beaufort Bi-Lo on
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In that case, police said Washington was with Tomeka Richardson-Frazier of Yemassee when she allegedley dressed up as a security guard and robbed a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of the grocery store.
Richardson-Frazier has been in the Beaufort County Detention Center on $180,000 bail since turning herself into Beaufort Police in June.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said it received a tip Wednesday that Henderson was in Winter Haven, Fla., about 45 miles southwest of Orlando.
Henderson was believed to be armed and dangerous, so members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office pooled deputies and K-9 units and called in a helicopter to ensure that he was apprehended safely, the office said in a release.
Polk County authorities said they saw Henderson and another man, later identified as Washington, walking down the street.
When the two men saw the deputies, they ran. Henderson was caught and arrested and Washington hid behind a nearby business, but was spotted by the helicopter and patrol deputies and was arrested, the release said.
The men were booked at the Polk County Jail, where they will be held without bond, pending their extradition to Beaufort County.
"Thanks to a tip from the public, we got two out-of-state fugitives for the price of one," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. "These dangerous felons are off the street."
Henderson's arrest is the second out-of-state arrest made in the Tiger case this week. Tiger's suspected shooter, Antwan Jarmar Chaney, was arrested by Hinesville, Ga., police outside the gates of Fort Stewart after a brief foot chase Saturday night.
Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies took Chaney back to Beaufort County on Thursday, said Cpl. Robin McIntosh, Sheriff'sOffice spokeswoman.
Chaney remained in the Beaufort County Detention Center on Thursday night awaiting a bond hearing.