SWAT team arrests second Green Hills robbery suspect

Friday, June 12, 2009 at 12:14pm
Staff reports

Metro Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing an 18-year-old in a parking garage near the Green Hills movie theater, then stuffing the young victim into the trunk of a car.

The suspect, 21-year-old Demonteice L. Henderson, was arrested Thursday evening inside a home at 808 Usher Drive in Madison. Henderson was apprehended by SWAT officers assigned to the Special Response Team, and was found with the help of a tip to the Metro Police CrimeStoppers.

Police believe Henderson committed the robbery with Christopher Gross, age 21, who surrendered to police last Friday.

Henderson and Gross allegedly robbed Erin Thurman of his wallet and cell phone on the afternoon of June 2, as Thurman stood outside his broken-down Nissan Maxima in a parking garage near the Green Hills movie theater. Thurman says the two forced him, at gunpoint, into the trunk of his car before the robbers fled. Thurman was freed when a man working on parking garage repairs heard yelling and banging.

Henderson has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of probation. He is being held without bond pending a hearing.

Gross has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. He has also been charged with identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, after using Thurman’s charge card shortly after the June 2 robbery.

Henderson and Gross have also been charged with the June 2 robbery of Darrius Summers, 28. Summers was robbed as he walked to an apartment in the 1800 block of State Street during early morning hours.