$1M bail for abuse suspect
Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday night arrested a man who allegedly beat up his wife, tore up their home and threatened to kill her. As deputies were arresting Walter James Henderson, 49, he also reportedly threatened them.
He was being held on $1 million bail because of the credibility of his threats, authorities said.
The sheriff’s office received a telephone call at 8 p.m. from Henderson’s wife, who had escaped out of the house and run to a neighbor’s home, on the 10200 block of Kearney Court, in Penn Valley.
The woman, 46, told deputies that her husband came home at about 6:30 p.m. and was upset that his car had been left at a friend’s house in Oroville. She said she tried to calm him down, but he became more enraged, and began tearing up the house,” Nevada County Undersheriff John Trauner said.
“He then grabbed her by both ears and shook her head,” Trauner said. “He threw her against the kitchen counter, making threats that he was going to kill her.”
Henderson also punched the woman several times, Trauner said.
The woman was able to run out of the house and to a neighbor’s residence. When deputies responded, they saw that the woman was still bleeding out of both ears, and had cuts to her face and head. She declined medical attention at the scene and decided to go to the hospital herself, Trauner said.
Deputies then went over to the couple’s home and confronted Henderson.
“Eventually, he ran into the brush and we didn’t catch him at that time,” Trauner said.
The deputies took the woman back inside her house, to find that Henderson had destroyed much of the property inside.
“A knife was stuck in her side of the bed,” Trauner said.
An alert was issued for Henderson’s arrest. At 1 a.m., investigators returned to the couple’s house, Trauner said, although it was not clear Thursday whether they were called to the house or just drove there without a call. The woman told them that her husband had returned and was asleep.
“While we were arresting him, he made numerous, numerous death threats against her,” Trauner said. “He also threatened all of the officers.”
Henderson was booked on two charges each of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant and committing a felony while out on bail or his own recognizance; as well as charges of threatening a crime, resisting an officer, false imprisonment and resisting arrest.
His bail was increased from $25,000 to $1 million.
“He has a history of violence,” Trauner said. “The woman had been assaulted very significantly. We believed the death threats were very credible.”
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