On Monday, a woman wanted in connection with an execution-style murder in New York City was arrested in Jacksonville.
Police in Jacksonville, nearly 1,000 miles from the scene of the crime, took into custody the suspect.
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The fugitive was identified by US Marshals as 42-year-old Claudia Banton, who was detained during a traffic stop on Main Street, north of the Trout River Bridge. They said she was in one of the cars. The driver who was in the vehicle with Banton wasn’t arrested, according to a representative with the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to the authorities, a member of the Marshals’ New York Task Force alerted the Florida Caribbean Regional Task Force on information that Banton could be in Jacksonville. They placed some observation on her and observed her getting into a vehicle from there. They followed and stopped her at that point.
On Tuesday, Banton was arraigned in a Manhattan court. She replied “Yes” when asked by the judge if she wanted to return to New York.
While Banton awaits extradition to New York, she will be incarcerated in the Duval County jail.
The Brooklyn sidewalk shooting, as reported by the Associated Press, took place in early August. The surveillance video shows a woman in black leggings getting out of her vehicle, walking up to Delia Johnson and shooting her in the head at point-blank range while she talks with a group of people in Crown Heights neighborhood.
Moments later, the woman returns to a vehicle and drives off. Delia Johnson was then taken to a hospital where she died.
According to family members, Delia Johnson was lured to the area where she was murdered. She had been to a funeral earlier in the day, and they think that the suspected shooter was there as well.
Delia Johnson was a single mother with a 17-year-old daughter. Her family claimed she had no enemies they were aware of.
Video footage shows the events leading up to and following the incident.