FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Lauderhill police have arrested a man they said sexually battered a 16-year-old girl who was walking home from school.
A new police report has some graphic and disturbing details. It says the girl in this incident was raped by the suspect. It says she vividly remembered the suspect’s face and was able to pick him out in a photo lineup. The report said she recalled seeing his white pickup truck in the neighborhood a number of times.READ MORE: NOAA: 'Above Average' 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Predicts 6-10 Hurricanes
Rosalyn Stubbins, the mother of the 39-year-old suspect Jermaine Henderson, tells CBS4’s Peter D’Oench “I feel really awful. I can’t understand it. I have no idea at this point why it did occur. I can’t process this right now. I never thought that in a million years my son would do something like that. If he did it, he will have to face the consequences. I feel bad for the girl of course, I do, me being a parent. I hope they are not looking at him for other cases. I did my best to raise him since a baby. He was in the Navy for 4 years. I’m his mother. That’s my baby. This breaks my heart.”
Stubbins said her son is a divorced father of three boys and a girl.
Police now suspect there may be other victims out there who have yet to come forward. They have released video from a neighbor’s home that reportedly shows the victim walking down the street and Henderson’s pickup truck. The video shows the victim walking to the truck as Henderson engages her in conversation.
On April 11th, the girl was dropped off by her school bus at the intersection of NW 38th Avenue and NW 6t Street just after 4 p.m. As she began walking to her home, she noticed the white pickup truck parked in a driveway and a man standing near it.
According to police that man, Henderson showered the girl with compliments in an effort to lure her closer.
Major Mike Santiago said, “He said complimentary things about her clothing and her sneakers and tried to make her feel comfortable in the environment.”
As she did so, police said he pulled a box cutter and forced her into a position near the truck where he sexually battered her. He then reportedly told her to go home and left.
Santiago said, “He threatened to hurt her and harm her if she screamed in any way.”
The girl’s mother took her to the hospital and the police were contacted.READ MORE: Insurance Bills Clear Committee, Move To Florida Senate
Henderson was taken into custody on April 19th in Hollywood and charged with two counts of sexual battery with sexual battery with a weapon and resisting arrest and failure to pay child support. The judge in the case found probable cause and ordered Henderson to have no contact with minors and to not return to that location.
Police said the victim provided a lot of detail and after police obtained the videotape, they were able to get the suspect’s license plate and he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force in Hollywood.
Due to his calm manner, police believe that this may not be the first time he has done something like this.
“This is such a brazen act, it was in the middle of the day, you had people around and his demeanor was very calm and very collected. Based on the words that he used and how he was able to convince this female to approach him, make her feel so comfortable, detectives believe there may be other victims around,” said Lauderhill Police Major Mike Santiago.
Anyone who may have fallen prey to him is urged to contact their local police department or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-tips (8477).
Major Santiago said police have been in touch with other agencies.
Santiago also had some advice for youngsters and their parents.
He said “We always try to get youngsters to take part in a buddy system when they to and from a bus stop or school. Always walk with somebody and of course these days everybody has a cell phone. If you feel threatened call police or 911. We also encourage parents to teach their kids about the dangers of walking through neighborhoods.”
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