ASHEVILLE – A Montana fugitive featured on America’s Most Wanted and on the run for more than eight years was being held in the McDowell County jail after his arrest Thursday in Burke County.
During the afternoon of Nov. 9, the U.S. Marshals Service-Violent Offender Task Force, in Asheville, along with members of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Clarence Edward Henderson. Henderson was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and was scheduled to appear for his sentencing, on May 15, 2009, in US District Court, in the District of Montana.
However, Henderson failed to appear for the court hearing and a warrant was issued, for his arrest. Henderson was considered armed and dangerous, due to his extensive criminal history, spreading throughout several states.
Henderson was alleged to be a member of the Aryan Nation gang, prior to going on the run in 2009. Henderson was featured on John Walsh’s television show, America’s Most Wanted, on Feb. 26, 2011, but Henderson was able to continue to avoid apprehension.
The U.S. Marshals Service, in the District of Montana, requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of North Carolina to investigate old addresses and affiliations that Henderson may have had contact with in the past.
Through interviews and surveillance, conducted with the assistance of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that Henderson was living under the name of Chris Danjou, in Connelly Springs. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service-Violent Offender Task Force and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office witnessed Henderson get into a white Dodge truck and leave the residence of 6372 Laurelwood Street, Connelly Springs as a passenger. The vehicle was stopped and Henderson was quickly identified by his tattoos and subsequently arrested. Henderson was transported to the McDowell County Jail, where he was housed, pending his court proceedings.
Kelly M. Nesbit, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of North Carolina said, “This is another example on how the U.S. Marshals Service continually works with other federal, state and local police agencies, to ensure violent fugitives who flee across jurisdictional lines are brought to justice.”
U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined. For more information, go to http://www.usmarshals.gov.