Attempted Robbery Suspect Arrested

A Salina man that was arrested for trespassing, was later identified as the suspect wanted in a knife point request for cigarettes in downtown.

Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 38-year-old LeJuan Henderson was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers on Thursday evening in the area of 9th and Charles. Police say cops responded to the area after a neighbor reported the man was acting suspiciously and looking through car windows.

Henderson was booked into jail on charges of trespass and released. The next day the 17-year-old  victim of an attempted robbery for cigarettes saw the suspect again in the 7th Street parking lot near Vernon Jewelers – and ran into the store for protection.

Investigators linked Henderson as the knife wielding suspect from parking lot video and an officer’s body cam to take him into custody again on charges of attempted aggravated robbery.

No one was injured.


Original story:

No one was injured and no loss was reported after what officials are calling an attempted robbery on Wednesday night.

Salina Police Lieutenant James Feldman told KSAL News this morning officers were called to the 100 block of North 7th St. yesterday afternoon. A man reported that at around 4:25 PM he was getting into his vehicle when an individual approached him. The individual asked the man if he had any cigarettes to spare, then pulled a knife from his waist band and pointed it at the man. He informed the individual he didn’t have any cigarettes and asked not to be hurt. The individual then left. When officers arrived they searched the area for who the reporting party had described as a black man in his fifties, bald, wearing dark clothing and carrying a blue duffel bag. The search was unsuccessful.