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Police charge Ross rape suspect in another assault, robbery

| Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Hopewell police today charged the man accused of raping two women in Ross with a rape in their township, and Ohio Township police charged him with a robbery.

A DNA sample taken from Arthur Lamont Henderson, 38, of Ross matches one taken as evidence in a rape reported at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 7 in a home on Westfield Drive, Hopewell police Detective Greg Durkos said.

A 50-year-old woman told police two teenage boys were sleeping downstairs when she came home that morning and went upstairs, according to a complaint filed against Henderson today.

She said a man in a dark ski mask with a gun came up the steps and told her to be quiet, the complaint said. The man, later identified as Henderson, demanded money and then raped her, the complaint said.

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

Durkos said police believe Henderson followed the woman home, but declined to elaborate. Police charged him with rape, robbery, burglary and related crimes.

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

Ohio Township police on Thursday charged Henderson with burglary, robbery, aggravated assault and other crimes in connection with a Jan. 10 incident.

A man coming home from Meadows Casino at about 5 a.m. was rushed by a masked man armed with a gun when he entered his door, Ohio Township Chief Norbert Micklos said.

The masked man, later identified as Henderson, demanded money and beat the victim around the head before stealing an envelope filled with between $4,000 and $5,000, Micklos said.

The victim believed it was Henderson because the two often gambled together, Micklos said. Additional corroborating evidence from the Ross investigation led police to Henderson, Micklos said.

Ross police charged Henderson on Wednesday with raping and robbing two women — the first at about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 7 in her Woodhawk Club apartment and the second at her apartment in Cascade Townhomes and Apartments on Jan. 9. DNA evidence linked Henderson to the crimes, Ross police said.

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