Suspect in Wal-Mart abduction identified and arrested

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | 10:17 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – The Columbia Police Department has identified the suspect in the Nov. 5 robbery and kidnapping at the Wal-Mart on West Broadway.

During the course of the investigation, surveillance photos were located of an individual that was thought by investigators to be the suspect. These photos were then distributed to law enforcement officers, according to a Police Department news release.

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Boone County Sheriff's Department transport officer recognized an individual at the Boone County Courthouse who he thought was the same individual in the surveillance photos. According to the release, Columbia police Major Crimes investigators were notified, and contacted the individual who was identified as Terrance Henderson.

Henderson, 32, of Columbia, voluntarily accompanied the investigators back to the Police Department for questioning. During the questioning, Henderson made incriminating statements implicating himself in the Wal-Mart parking lot incident.

On Nov. 5, a victim reported that as he returned to his vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot, the suspect approached him brandishing a firearm and forced him into his own vehicle, the Missourian previously reported. The suspect then told him to drive to the Columbia Mall area and robbed the victim of a small amount of money before instructing him to stop near Westwind Drive. When the victim stopped the vehicle, the suspect stepped out of the vehicle to urinate and the victim drove away.

Henderson was arrested on charges of robbery in the first degree, armed criminal action and kidnapping, according to the release. He was transported to the Boone County Corrections Center and released into their custody.

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