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Friday, September 18, 2009

SFPD Retrieved Fugitive Murder Suspect From Remote Utah Town

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 4:37 PM

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Last week, police apprehended Diante Johnson, a suspect in the recent murder of 23-year-old Marquez Benson, according to a search warrant filed earlier this week. They had to go all the way to Ogden, Utah to arrest Johnson, whom they believe shot Benson and another man, Tory Carpenter, in Bayview on the morning of August 27.  

It wasn't yet 9 a.m. when the SFPD got the call, and when they arrived at 8 Matthew Court, they found Benson lying on the sidewalk and covered in blood. Carpenter -- also wounded by a gunshot -- was sitting on the stairs of 20 Espanola Street.

Both men were taken by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital, where Benson died. Carpenter was treated, released, and interviewed by Inspector Derrick Jackson. Carpenter said that he and Benson had been in Benson's car together when a man wearing a knit cap approached them, took out a handgun, and opened fire into the vehicle. Then the shooter ran away, Carpenter told the inspectors.

Although Carpenter did not identify the shooter by name, he told police that he knew the man and had been having trouble with him for six months. Carpenter said one altercation was documented in a Daly City Police report dated Dec. 6, 2008. That report led police to the name Diante Johnson, and Carpenter later identified Johnson in a photograph as his assailant.  

Officers immediately issued an arrest warrant for Johnson, a paroled 21-year-old from Daly City, and that's when Johnson became a fugitive. Not quite two weeks later, Johnson was arrested in a place that the search warrant refers to as Orden, Utah (SF Weekly subsequently found out this was a typo). Regardless, San Francisco police brought Johnson back and plastic bagged all his personal items -- which included a knit cap.

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