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Spokane man charged after holding home’s residents at gunpoint

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017

Henry Henry (Facebook)
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By Abby Lynes The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane man has been charged with robbery, burglary, first degree kidnapping and assault after reportedly holding a home’s residents at gunpoint and briefly abducting one of them in October.

According to court documents, early on the morning of Oct. 25, a woman, Jenice Slaughter, was awakened by a large man wearing a Batman shirt as a bandana around in his face. He held a gun in each hand, Slaughter later told police, and had one of her three roommates at his side.

The masked man, later identified as Henry Henry, 30, originally of Hawaii, was asking for a fourth roommate, Leroy Martin, who was not present at the time. He said that Martin owed him money and he wanted to collect.

After learning that Martin was not home, Henry marched the two women into a separate room, at one point threatening them and saying he was “gonna put a bullet in somebody,” Slaughter told police.

A third roommate, Benjamin Holcome, intervened, offering to give Henry the apartment’s two televisions. Henry accepted the offer, also taking one of the female roommates’ cell phone and what appeared to be a non-working phone from Holcome.

The two female roommates helped load the televisions into a PT Cruiser, in which Henry had apparently arrived, according to court documents. The second female roommate later told police that a second man, who she described as a black male, was seated in the driver’s seat.

At that point, according to Slaughter’s account, Henry abducted his original captive in the vehicle. Slaughter later told police she didn’t realize her roommate was missing until the two drove off.

Slaughter called 911, and as police arrived, she saw the abducted roommate coming back around the corner of the home’s garage, according to court documents.

Slaughter told police Martin had won more than $5,000 at a casino and had been talking about it recklessly.

An arrest warrant was issued for Henry on Dec. 21. He was arrested that evening, and was charged Friday; his bond was set at $100,000.

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