Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Last 2 Duval Suspects Arrested in S.C. Plot

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Last 2 Duval Suspects Arrested in S.C. Plot

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The last two of a group of five Duval County men wanted in a botched bank robbery July 24 in Columbia, S.C., were arrested yesterday, police said.

Two officers were shot during the robbery but were not seriously injured.

James Alexander Benson, 24, was arrested about 7:30 a.m. in Jacksonville. Joshua Adam Darley, 20, turned himself in at 3 p.m., to officials in Columbia, police said. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Police said two men watched for police and communicated with the other men inside the bank via walkie-talkies.

Ryan Lee Zater, 21, and Ryan Graves, 19, were arrested after the BB&T Bank was robbed by three men armed with shotguns and semi-automatic pistols. The men were wearing bulletproof vests, business suits and masks and gloves, police said.

Brian Peter Zater, 23, Ryan Zater's older brother, was arrested Friday.

Brian and Ryan Zater and Ryan Graves face several charges, including bank robbery with the use of a weapon.


MOLESTATION CHARGE: A school custodian has been charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl at Normandy Village Elementary School when the girl went to visit a former teacher.

Following a monthlong investigation, Christopher Ellis Johnson, 47, of the 2600 block of Debra Road was charged Friday with lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim younger than 16.

The girl told investigators she went to the school at 8257 Herlong Road about 3:15 p.m. on June 28, but the teacher she wanted to visit was not there. She said that while she was at the school she began to feel ill and that a man she recognized as a school custodian said she could rest in the school's air-conditioned library.

Inside the library, the girl said the man asked for a hug, grabbed her, fondled her and asked her if she would like to have sex. She said she ran away and told her father, who contacted police. …

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