DNA links suspect to pair of rapes in Ross, one in Hopewell

| Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

DNA evidence shows that Arthur Lamont Henderson raped a woman in Hopewell less than two hours before the first of two sexual assaults he is accused of committing in Ross, police said on Friday.

Investigators added 20 more charges against Henderson, 38, of Ross in connection with the Jan. 7 attack, which occurred 19 miles away in Hopewell, Beaver County. Separately, police charged him with a Jan. 10 robbery of an Emsworth man who said he recognized the assailant from Meadows Racetrack & Casino in North Strabane.

Police filed the rape charges in the Hopewell incident after state police compared Henderson's DNA to evidence in unsolved cases statewide. The Beaver County case was the only hit, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said, adding that the lab will conduct a national search next week.

"This is the conclusion we were expecting based on the similarities between the crime here and the crimes in Ross Township," said Hopewell police Detective Greg Durkos.

Ross police charged Henderson this week and, with help from other departments, arrested him early Thursday.

A "medical incident" involving Henderson occurred during the intake process at the Allegheny County Jail, said county spokeswoman Amie Downs. She declined to elaborate. A jail employee said Henderson is in custody but at an undisclosed location.

Henderson's attorney, Blaine Jones, did not return messages seeking comment.

In the Hopewell incident, police believe that Henderson followed the victim to her home.

The woman, 50, told police that two teenage boys were sleeping downstairs when she came home about 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 7 and went upstairs, according to a criminal complaint filed against Henderson. She said a man in a dark ski mask with a gun came up the steps and told her to be quiet. The man demanded money and raped her, the complaint said.

He told her if she woke anyone, he would kill them all. He took $10 and two cell phones and fled, the complaint said.

Ross police said DNA evidence links Henderson to the rapes of two women at apartments. The first attack occurred about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 in that victim's Woodhawk Club apartment. The second occurerd on Jan. 9 at an apartment in Cascades Townhomes and Apartments.

Ohio Township police on Thursday charged Henderson with burglary, robbery, aggravated assault and other crimes in connection with a Jan. 10 incident to which they responded on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth.

Paul Leung, whose family owns House of Lee restaurant, told police that he arrived home from Meadows Casino about 5 a.m. and was entering the door to his home above the restaurant when he was rushed by a masked man armed with a gun, said police Chief Norbert Micklos.

The masked man demanded money and beat Leung's head before stealing an envelope filled with between $4,000 and $5,000, Micklos said.

Leung told police he thought it was a man he knew as "Black Art" because the two often gambled together, Micklos said. Additional corroborating evidence from the Ross investigation led police to Henderson, said Micklos.

Leung could not be reached.

Henderson's girlfriend told police that Henderson has been having financial difficulties and a company threatened to seize his Ford Expedition, the complaint said. She told police Henderson often was unaccounted for different lengths of time during the day and night, the complaint said.

State police charged Henderson with forgery in May. He was accused of passing counterfeit bills at Rivers Casino on the North Shore, according to the complaint in the incident.

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