DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest of Sexual Assault Suspect


Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested and believed responsible for at least four sexual assault incidents in the southwest Houston area since June 2009.

The suspect, Samuel Henderson (b/m, DOB: 5-31-63), is charged with three counts of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault in the 228th State District Court. He is accused in the following incidents:

• 8300 El Mundo - about 2:55 a.m. on June 6, 2009 (sexual assault)
• 1800 El Paseo - about 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 1 (sexual assault)
• 8100 Cambridge - about 8 a.m. on Oct. 16 (attempted sexual assault)

In all incidents, the female victims were home alone when they were confronted by the suspect. Further investigation and witness statements identified Henderson as the suspect in these incidents. Forensic evidence obtained at the 1800 El Paseo scene was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) by members of the Houston Police Department Crime Lab and a match was obtained. On Friday (March 5), Henderson was arrested without incident and admitted to his involvement in all three incidents.

At 2 p.m. TODAY (Mon, March 8), an investigator in the Special Crimes Division will be available to answer questions regarding these incidents in the media briefing room on the first floor of HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis.


VHS/MW/JFC 3-8-10
Inc. #082187109

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.

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