Deputies capture murder suspect in Robeson County

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ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) – Deputies caught a wanted man on Sunday and charged him with first-degree murder.

Demarreon McDaniel, 28, of Rowland, was a suspect wanted for the shooting and killing of 64-year-old man in Lumberton. He was arrested and charged on Sunday at about 7 p.m.

Deputies responded to a call at 8:16 p.m. on Friday about a man who was shot on Troy Drive. The victim, Tracy Worriax, was found deceased inside the home, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

An off-duty Rowland police officer who was familiar with McDaniel observed him walking along Hwy 710 outside of town Sunday. The officer contacted the 911 communications center and Sheriff Wilkins via his cell phone.

Deputies, along with a sheriff’s K9, were immediately dispatched. McDaniel was found inside a home off Highway 710 a short time later and taken into custody without incident.

“We would like to thank everyone that assisted with this investigation,” said says Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. “This is an example of local law enforcement, law enforcement from South Carolina, and citizens working together to bring a suspect to justice.”

Investigators are asking anyone with information to please call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or email

McDaniel has been charged with first-degree murder and larceny of a motor vehicle. He is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center with no bond.

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