Henderson police probe rape, armed robberies

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

Henderson police are investigating a rape and four armed robberies reported over the weekend.

The rape of a 40-year-old woman took place behind the McDonald’s on Dabney Drive on Saturday night. Lt. Alan Hedgepeth confirmed the rape suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-10, approximately 180 pounds, with several tattoos visible.

A police report stated the report of the rape came to police at 6:38 p.m., calling patrol and investigative units to 1695 Dabney Drive behind the building area near McDonalds.

McDonald’s employees who spoke to The Dispatch said they realized something serious happened as several patrol vehicles and at least three unmarked cars with the criminal investigations unit arrived.

Two armed robberies each involving an assailant armed with a knife took place Friday night at 7:36 and 8:15, the first at Food Lion at 1419 E. Andrews Ave., and then 40 minutes later at Walmart, 200 N. Cooper Drive.

In both cases, a suspect threatened with a knife while taking items from the store, according to police reports.

On Saturday night, an assailant with a handgun took a wallet, cash and a cellphone from a victim in a silver Chevrolet Malibu near 203 Lincoln St. at 10 p.m.

Ninety minutes later, a person in a Cadillac sedan reported a similar incident. It was also reported as an armed robbery, according to police statements.

Hedgepeth said the victims in the robberies were only able to provide vague descriptions of the assailants, so a clear finding on whether the incidents are related was not immediately possible.

“Without a more accurate description, it is difficult to determine if the incidents are related or not,” Hedgepeth wrote in an email to The Dispatch. “We are investigating all possibilities in these matters.”

Hedgepeth said anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (252) 492-1925. All information to Crime Stoppers is kept confidential, and informants may receive cash rewards for information leading to an arrest.


Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.