Fugitive on the run for 8 years captured in Western NC

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A fugitive considered armed and dangerous, who had been on the run for eight years, has been captured in Western North Carolina

U.S. Marshals arrested Clarence Edward Henderson Thursday in Burke County.

Henderson disappeared in 2009 after a failing to appear in court for sentencing on a firearms conviction. Using interviews and surveillance, marshals worked together with local deputies to track Henderson to Connelly Springs.

The U.S. Marshals Service-Violent Offender Task Force in Asheville, along with members of the Burke County Sheriff's Office, arrested Henderson.

He had been convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and was scheduled to appear for his sentencing in May of 2009 in Montana. However, Henderson failed to appear for the court hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was considered armed and dangerous due to his extensive criminal history spreading throughout several states, and Henderson was allegedly a member of the Aryan Nations neo-Nazi group prior to going on the run.

He was featured on "America's Most Wanted" in 2011, but Henderson was able to continue avoiding arrest.

Montana U.S. Marshals requested the assistance of marshals in Western North Carolina to investigate old addresses and affiliations that Henderson might have had contact with. Through interviews and surveillance conducted with the assistance of the Burke County Sheriff's Office, investigators determined that Henderson was living in Connelly Springs under the name Chris Danjou.

With this knowledge, marshals in Burke County located Henderson after seeing him get into a white Dodge truck. They stopped the truck, and Henderson was quickly identified by his tattoos, and subsequently arrested.

Henderson was transported to the McDowell County Jail, where he was housed pending court proceedings.

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