Assault suspect pleas no contest |

Assault suspect pleas no contest

Michael Henderson pleaded no contest Wednesday, without admitting guilt, to the charge he battered a South Lake Tahoe woman while she waited at a bus stop.

Henderson, 47, also pleaded guilty to a first-time driving under the influence charge in connection with the Dec. 22 incident. Henderson was arrested after he allegedly fled from a South Lake Tahoe police officer to his home on Kingsbury Grade. Henderson was initially charged in Douglas County with eluding a peace officer, driving under the influence, battery and driving with a suspended license. The charges of eluding a peace officer and driving with a suspended license were dismissed Wednesday.

Investigators said that before the police pursuit, Henderson propositioned a woman earlier that evening while she was working at Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino. The woman told police that while she was waiting at the bus stop near Harveys, Henderson pulled up in a car and offered her $200 for two minutes alone with her. When she refused, the woman claimed that Henderson grabbed her ponytail and yanked her back against the car.

Henderson’s sentencing was set for May 26 at 9 a.m. in the Tahoe Township Justice Court.

Henderson was also held to answer on several felony charges in El Dorado County last week, in connection with a Jan. 12 incident. Henderson is accused of driving under the influence and entering a woman’s apartment with the intent to rape her. Police were called after Henderson allegedly approached a woman pedestrian near Nephele’s Restaurant. The woman told police that Henderson offered her $400 to go home with him.

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