Man guilty of Beaufort robbery apprehended
UPDATE: James Wright, who was convicted last month of armed robbery, was located and apprehended by a fugitive task force in Ridgeland on September 12, 2014.
A task force of local, state and federal agencies had been actively seeking Wright on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 in the Ridgeland area. He was located at a home on Morgandollar Road early Friday and taken into custody.
Agencies on the taskforce included the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Marshals Service, State Law Enforcement Division, S.C Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Highway Patrol, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Hardeeville Police Department, Ridgeland Police Department and the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Wright, 28, of Ridgeland, man was convicted on August 27, 2014 of robbing a Burton moving and storage company. Wright did not show up for his trial and was tried in his absence.
At the conclusion of the two-day trial, jurors found Wright guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping.
On May 10, 2007, Wright and 27-year-old Tyshon Barnes robbed Chavis Moving and Storage Company on Bay Pines Road at gunpoint. Both men pointed guns at the employees and forced them into a closet. The robbers made off with a small amount of cash and a debit card that was used to withdraw money from a nearby grocery store.
Witnesses were able to pick out Barnes – who did not cover his face -- from a photo lineup. Detectives identified Wright – who wore a ski mask – by three fingerprints left at the scene.
Barnes pleaded guilty to the robbery and other offenses in 2008 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Wright’s parole was revoked shortly after the incident for unrelated reasons and he was sent back to prison. He was arrested on the armed robbery and kidnapping charges upon his release in 2010.
Wright has prior convictions for burglary, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.
“He has been a serious problem in both Beaufort and Jasper Counties,” said career criminal prosecutor Carra Henderson, who prosecuted the case. “He has caused a lot of fear in this area and our community is a lot safer now that he has been apprehended.”