Person of Interest in Amherst Co. Murder Case Arrested in NC

Sylvester Cheatham's mug shot from our Wilmington, NC affiliate, WWAY-TV.

Wilmington, NC - The estranged husband of a woman found murdered inside a Madison Heights motel room was arrested in North Carolina Wednesday morning.

According to the jail website, Sylvester Cheatham is charged as a fugitive, held at the New Hanover County Jail on $500,000 bond.

The body of Arnita Cheatham was discovered August 2 at the Executive Inn motel in Madison Heights. An autopsy determined she died of blunt force trauma.

Investigators named Sylvester Cheatham a "person of interest" in the case and asked the public to keep an eye out for the victim's missing car.

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office would not comment on Wednesday's arrest.