Suspect Charged in Spartanburg Elevator Assault

Jimmy Edward Henderson of Lyman has been charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct after assaulting a woman on an elevator this afternoon.  In what appears to be a crime of opportunity, Henderson reportedly decided to help himself to a grope and possibly more when he thought no one else was around.  Fortunately, his target had other ideas.

Jimmy Henderson of GreerAccording to Spartanburg Public Safety, the incident occurred around 3:00 pm at the Spartanburg Surgery Center off Serpentine Drive.  A woman was inside a public elevator with a crowd of people, including Henderson.  Several people left, and the victim was left alone with the suspect.    “As soon as the doors closed, he started trying to get close to her, and started trying to touch her,” says Lt. Ron Cantrell with Spartanburg Public Safety.  “She successfully fought him off, and when the elevator doors opened on the 5th floor, she was able to escape.”

The victim correctly identified 46-year-old Henderson in a photo lineup.  He turned himself in at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Monday evening, and is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility.

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