Prosecution: Surveillance Videos Link Arthur Henderson to Crimes
Henderson, who is representing himself, said the videos do not prove anything. He is charged with raping and robbing three women.
The prosecution in the trial of Arthur Lamont Henderson on Thursday used surveillance camera videos to show his alleged whereabouts on the day he is accused of raping a woman in Ross Township, according to local media reports.
But Henderson, who is representing himself, countered that the videos do not prove anything, KDKA reports. The 39-year-old North Side man is charged with raping and robbing two women in Ross Township and one in Hopewell Township in January 2012.
One video shows a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt walking down a hallway leading to a Citizens Bank ATM in Manchester where police say the man tried to use three credit cards belonging to a Ross Township woman who had just been raped, according to KDKA.
Henderson cross-examined detectives and asked if they could see his face in the videos. Although they testified they could not, they showed another video of Henderson walking into the Ross police station and said his distinctive walk is the same as that seen in the Citizens Bank video, local media reported.
The prosecution also showed a video of the man leaving the bank getting into a blue SUV, which was traced along McKnight Road traveling between the rape victim's home and the ATM, WTAE reported.
Henderson questioned whether they could see him in the car or if the camera showed his license plate, according to WTAE.
A blue SUV also was caught on video in the Rivers Casino parking lot, KDKA reported. The SUV drove around the casino parking lot for a half hour, then followed another vehicle out of the lot, police said.
The woman driving that vehicle was raped at her Hopewell home.
The charges against Henderson stem from two 2012 attacks on Ross Township women—one reported Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Woodhawk Club Apartments complex on Johnanna Drive and the other Monday, Jan. 9, at the Cascades Apartment complex off Cemetery Lane.
Hopewell Township Police also filed charges against Henderson for a sexual assault that occurred Jan. 7—the same morning as the first attack in Ross.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel is presiding over the jury trial.
Testimony continues Friday.
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