Nothing to connect Pennsylvania suspect to Aiken assault

A sketch of a rape suspect has generated few leads for Aiken County sheriff's investigators who are searching for a bearded man who assaulted a woman on Jan. 3.

Aiken County sheriff’s investigators are talking with Penn­sylvania police about a man arrested on rape charges there to determine whether he might be connected to a sexual assault in Aiken County.

Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said Friday that Aiken police were initially interested in the Penn­sylvania suspect after it was reported he could have family connections in Aiken County. That doesn’t appear to be the case, however, he said.

It turns out that Arthur L. Hen­der­son, 38, whom Ross Town­ship, Pa., police have charged in two sexual assaults and burglaries, does have a connection to South Carolina, but not Aiken.

“His mother lives in Union County,” Elwell said. “At this point we have nothing to connect him with Aiken County.”

The two assaults in Pennsyl­va­nia have similarities with the Jan. 3 rape in Aiken County, but they aren’t identical, Elwell said.

In the Pennsylvania cases, the suspect entered each rape victim’s home while she was out walking her dog. The women were bound and robbed at gunpoint. In the Aiken County case, the 24-year-old victim was out checking her mail when the man entered her home. She was held at gunpoint and assaulted, but nothing was taken from her home, police said.

Elwell said sheriff’s investigators are waiting to hear from
the Pennsyl­vania police to see whether there is any evidence connecting Henderson to Aiken County.

“He has a lawyer, and we hear he’s not being very cooperative at this point,” Elwell said.

Calls seeking information from Ross Township police were not returned Friday.

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