By John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The man accused of raping two women in Ross Township is now facing charges for a sexual assault in Hopewell, Beaver County.

Arthur Henderson was arrested Thursday in the Hill District.

The 50-year-old victim in the Hopewell assault that happened January 7 reported it to Moon Township police because she was new to the area and didn’t know the location of the Hopewell police station.

The victim told a Hopewell detective she couldn’t identify her attacker because his face was covered. There were no witnesses and no description of a vehicle.

The detective was at a loss until he watched the 7 p.m. news on KDKA-TV that Saturday and heard about the Ross Township rape that happened an hour and a half after the Hopewell attack.

The method of the assault was a virtual match.

Backtracking his victim’s steps, the detective was able to find surveillance video of the same vehicle that Ross Township police were looking for – only in the Hopewell case, it was following the victim’s car home.

The vehicle would later be tied to Henderson.

Ross Township police were able to use DNA evidence to tie him to the Ross Township rapes. When the Hopewell detective got the DNA evidence back on the Hopewell assault, it was another match to Henderson.

On Friday, Henderson was charged on 20 counts, including two charges of rape.

The detective says the 50-year-old victim told him she did not scream or cry out because Henderson allegedly threatened repeatedly to kill her and everyone in the household if she made any noise. There were two teenagers asleep downstairs at the time.

Henderson will be arraigned in Hopewell on the new charges, but tonight he is hospitalized. Right before his arrest, he inserted heroin into his body. They realized this during the strip search at the Allegheny County Jail.

They’re now waiting to recover that evidence. They may have to do so surgically before the bags burst which could potentially kill him.


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