Daddy Day Care Takes A Bite

January 29, 2008

photo of Jeremy HendersonOn the morning of January 29, 2008 at approximately 2:30 am, Mesa Police responded to a residence in the area of 9900 E. Diamond after receiving a suspicious activity call. Police received information that a subject was seen crawling underneath an opened garage door.

When officers arrived on scene they confronted the defendant, Jeremy Henderson, 28, inside the garage and he immediately fled on foot from officers. Furthermore, officers located a three-year-old child inside Henderson’s vehicle, which was parked in front of the Diamond residence. A perimeter was established and while attempting to locate Henderson, Mesa Police K-9 Officer John LaFontaine and his K-9 Spike discovered a cell phone and folding style knife in the path Henderson was last seen running by police.

K-9 Spike located and bit Henderson while he was hiding behind a patio chair in the backyard of a residence just north of the dispatch location. Henderson was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Henderson received 10 stitches, including multiple lacerations on his arm, and was shortly discharged.

Henderson stated to officers that the three-year-old child inside his vehicle was his son. He said shortly before entering the garage on Diamond, he attempted to drop his son with his mother at a nearby address. However, Henderson’s wife did not answer the door. Henderson became upset and decided to drive around the area. Henderson stated while he was driving around he noticed a garage door was open and he wanted to stay warm, therefore he went into the garage to see what items he could find.

Henderson was booked on one count of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, one count of Child Endangerment and one count of Criminal Trespassing. Henderson’s child was turned over to his mother and is currently in good welfare.



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