Authorities told The Saline Courier today that a man accused of breaking into a home in Benton, attacking the occupants and fleeing in their vehicle early Thursday has been taken into custody.
Reportedly the U.S. Marshals Task Force apprehended 41-year-old Derek Dione Wilkerson in Dallas, Texas about noon on Friday. Wilkerson, a resident of Mesquite, Texas, is facing charges of two counts of felony residential burglary, two counts of felony aggravated assault, two counts of felony terroristic threatening, two counts of felony kidnapping, two counts of felony aggravated robbery, two counts of felony false imprisonment, two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony theft of property, third-degree battery, criminal trespass and additional misdemeanor charges.
Saline County Sheriff Lt. Scotty Courtney said just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Wilkerson allegedly broke into a home in the 11100 block of Interstate 30 in Benton. When the victims awakened, they were physically attacked, Courtney said. Wilkerson allegedly bound their hands and demanded money and items from their home. He then reportedly fled the home in the victims' vehicle.
Courtney said detectives spoke to a witness involved in an incident on U.S. 70, near the victim's home, and were given information that led to a possible suspect. The victims reportedly positively identified Wilkerson from a police lineup book.
The Saline Courier will report information as it becomes available.