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The man accused in the Feb. 21 invasion of a Benton couple's home where he allegedly attacked the occupants and then fled in their vehicle is fighting extradition to Saline County.
Saline County Sheriff's Office officials said the suspect, 41-year-old Derek Dione Wilkerson of Mesquite, Texas, remains in custody in the Dallas area.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force reportedly apprehended Wilkerson about 12 hours after the incident in this county.
Lt. Mike Frost of the sheriff's office said the department is in the process of obtaining a governor's warrant to bring Wilkerson to Saline County.
"The way that works is Gov. Mike Beebe will petition the governor of Texas to issue a warrant there to extradite him to this county," said Lt. Scotty Courtney, public information officer for the sheriff's office.
An extradition hearing will be held in the Dallas area, he noted.
No date has been set for that proceeding, he noted.
According to Courtney, Wilkerson faces multiple charges including two counts each of the following: residential burglary, a Class B felony; aggravated assault, a Class D felony; terroristic threatening, a Class D felony; kidnapping, a Class Y felony; aggravated robbery, a Class Y felony; false imprisonment, a Class C felony; breaking and entering, a Class D felony; and theft of property, a Class B felony.
Wilkerson also faces "several additional charges," according to Courtney.
Deputies were called to the victims' residence in response to an intruder call.
The couple told deputies they were awakened by the intruder, who was already inside their residence. He reportedly confronted them, attacked them, bound them and demanded money and certain items.
He then fled the area in the victims' 2004 Ford Mustang convertible, which was recovered in Texas. Inside the vehicle was a 48-inch flat screen television set valued at $900. The vehicle's value was reported to be $25,000.
Both victims were transported to Saline Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to the initial report of the incident.
The suspect reportedly was identified after detectives spoke to a witness involved in an incident that had occurred near the victims' home.
The victims then made positive identification of Wilkerson from a police lineup book, Courtney said.