Attacker raped woman in front of her 4-month-old in Ross apartment, she testifies

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A woman testified this morning that she was raped in front of her hysterical 4-month-old baby last year as her fiance lay bound and gagged in the master bedroom across the hall.

The woman said she had just taken her dog outside to go to the bathroom at 6 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2012, and returned to her townhouse in the Cascade Apartments complex in Ross.

She heard her now-husband's alarm going off upstairs, and when she entered their darkened bedroom, she saw him lying on the floor.

"I'm thinking, 'What are you doing? Get up. Why are you on the floor?'" she testified.

Then, she saw a dark figure in the corner of the room.

"I started screaming," she said.

Police identified the attacker as Arthur Henderson. He is on trial this week before Allegheny County Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, accused of raping three women over two days from Jan. 7-9, 2012.

Henderson is representing himself at trial.

The third victim to testify in the trial said when she saw Henderson in her bedroom, he told her to turn on a light and demanded money.

He had already bound her husband with clothing, she testified.

"I'll never forget that calm and collected voice," she said. "It was eerie."

He also gave the woman a roll of packing tape and asked her to unwrap it, she said. When she had trouble because her hands were shaking, she said the man ordered her to hurry up.

Becoming more anxious, she told the man she had a roll of duct tape in her kitchen, she testified. He followed her there, and then returned to the bedroom and used the tape to bind her husband's wrists and ankles, she said.

The attacker bound her wrists and took the woman into the nursery, made her undress and raped her as her 4-month-old daughter screamed from her crib, she said.

"I said, 'Please, don't do this.' He said, 'If you say anything, I'm going to go in that room and kill your fiance.'"

When he was done, the man asked for more money, took the woman's engagement ring and left, she said.

Once she and her husband were able to free themselves, he grabbed his gun that had been locked in a case in a closet and tried to chase him to no avail.

Then they called the police.

Testimony is resuming this afternoon with a detective going over surveillance video from the Rivers casino, which prosecutors say shows Henderson circling the parking garage for several minutes before following a woman out.

Police believe that woman, who lived in Hopewell was Henderson's first victim on Jan. 7, 2012.

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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