Police Arrest Suspect in Ross Attacks
Arthur L. Henderson, 38, of the North Side, was arrested by police early Thursday morning. Henderson is the suspect in the two sexual attacks on Ross Township women earlier this month.
Arthur L. Henderson, 38, of the North Side, was arrested early Thursday morning by Ross Township Police, with the help of other agencies, including the FBI and the Pittsburgh Police Department.
Henderson was apprehended in the Hill District neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh, police said.
He is the suspect in the two recent sexual assaults of women outside their apartment complexes.
An arrest warrant was issued for Henderson late afternoon Wednesday by Judge Richard Opiela of Magisterial District Court 05-2-02. The FBI had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
It was not immediately clear how police discovered Henderson's whereabouts.
Ross police have charged Henderson with two counts each of rape, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, burglary, persons not to possess firearms, indecent assault, theft, and possession of instruments of crime.
He has also been charged with three counts of robbery, intimidation of victims, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and access device fraud.
Henderson is wanted on federal charges that were also not released. Those charges, which are for less serious crimes than those he is accused of in Ross Township according to Ross Det. Brian Kohlhepp, are under seal by the courts.
While a resident of the Manchester area of the North Side, Henderson frequently stayed at the apartment of his girlfriend, who lived in the Cascades Apartment Complex at 100 East West Drive in Ross Township, where the second attack occurred Monday, Jan. 9, police said.
He was identified as a potential suspect later that afternoon. A search warrant was issued Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Henderson was interviewed the next day, where a DNA sample was taken, Kohlhepp said.
Kohlhepp said there was not enough evidence to arrest him at that time.
DNA test results were completed Wednesday morning, said Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl Williams.
Williams said the analysis identifies only the two Ross Township women as victims.
He said he could not speak to the investigation in Hopewell Township regarding a similar attack that police there were investigating. A rape reported earlier this year in McCandless was not related, he said.