Suspect Arrested in Fla. Bingo Shooting After "Most Wanted" TV Appearance
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A tip to a national television show led to the arrest Tuesday of the fourth suspect in the shooting of a mother of nine who was followed home after she won thousands of dollars playing bingo.
Natia Johnson was arrested after police found her hiding in a closet in her mother's home. Authorities acted on one of several tips they received after Johnson was featured on Fox TV's "America's Most Wanted" on Saturday.
Johnson had eluded authorities since the Aug. 3 shooting of Pamela Anderson, who won a $5,900 bingo jackpot at a hall in Riviera Beach. Anderson, whose children are as young as 1 year old, left with a friend after winning the jackpot for her home in Hobe Sound, about 24 miles north.
According to police, Johnson told her brother, Benton J. Johnson, about the winnings.
The Johnsons and two other people then trailed Anderson home, police said. Benton Johnson pointed a gun at Anderson, told her to open her car door and give him the money, according to police.
When she refused, police said, Benton Johnson shot her through the car. Anderson then tried to drive to the hospital but started to faint and drove into construction barricades. She later was taken by helicopter to a hospital.
Anderson has been released from the hospital and is recuperating at a family member's home.
Authorities previously arrested Benton Johnson and Calvin Morgan, who were charged with attempted murder and armed robbery. Tiffany Nicole Washington was charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery.
Natia Johnson was being held Tuesday at the Martin County jail, charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery.
It was unknown whether she had retained an attorney. The Martin County public defender's office did not have the case Tuesday morning.
The suspects did not get any of Anderson's money, Martin County sheriff's officials said.
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