More charges against Stateline man |

More charges against Stateline man

A 47-year-old Stateline man was held to answer to charges that he broke into a woman’s apartment with the intent to rape her.

Michael Earl Henderson was arrested Jan. 12 after police received a report that a driver was harassing a woman pedestrian near Nephele’s Restaurant. While police were taking Henderson into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, a 19-year-old woman came from a nearby motel to tell police that just minutes before Henderson attacked her in her room.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday, officers testified that the woman said she first noticed Henderson as she was returning to her residence. She reported that she saw Henderson pull into the parking lot and park near her room.

The woman entered her apartment, left the door unlocked, and went into the bathroom. When she returned a man was standing in the living room looking at some pictures on her dresser. The man immediately came and wrapped his arms around her, pushing her arms to the sides. The man then switched off the lights. The woman told police that she punched the man in the stomach and started screaming. The man fled.

Police told the court that the woman positively identified Henderson as the man in her room.

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Henderson to answer on the charges of burglary, attempted rape, and two charges of driving under the influence. The first driving under the influence charge stemmed from an incident on Dec. 22, where Henderson allegedly led a South Lake Tahoe officer on a brief pursuit that ended at his residence in Stateline.

Henderson is also facing felony charges of attempting to elude a peace officer, battery, and driving under the influence in Douglas County for the Dec. 22 incident. A preliminary hearing on those charges is scheduled for March 24.

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