Suspect arrested in death of Texas police sergeant

Tavores Dewayne Henderson previous arrest photo. (KHOU/Houston Police Department)
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HOUSTON (KHOU) — Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a Crime Stoppers tip led to Thursday's arrest of Tavores Dewayne Henderson, a fugitive who is charged with felony murder in connection with the death of Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, nearly two days after he's accused of committing the crime.

Henderson was taken into custody at what authorities believe may be his girlfriend's home in the 4200 block of Heritage Trail.

Henderson appeared in court on Thursday night. He was led to the courtroom shackled in a set of Sullivan's handcuffs.

Henderson spent about 20 minutes in court as the judge spoke about bond amounts on the murder charge as well as other charges. He's facing at least three charges in Harris County and another in Galveston County.

"Mr. Henderson, in the murder case I’m setting your bond at $150,000. That’s taking into account that you have a felony bond pending that you forfeited which means you didn’t show up for court. Which is now set at zero, and you have a new misdemeanor charge for assaulting a family member... out of Galveston County for attempted theft where the judge has set that bond at $20,000,” the judge said.

While Henderson is being held on a $150,000 bond on the murder charge, he's being held on no bond on one of the other charges.

Chief, Sheriff upset with bond amount

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Gonzalez took to social media expressing their displeasure with Henderson's bond amount.

"Outrageous! This coward who took the life of a hero & poses a clear & present danger to community & the people we serve. ... Bail decisions need to be made on the basis of risk to public safety & of flight," Acevedo tweeted.

"Smh in disbelief. A Police Sgt dead, suspect on the run for couple days, my team and our law enforcement partners do a phenomenal job locating & taking him into custody without incident- I simply do not understand his initial bond set at $150,000," Gonzalez tweeted.

"I know our criminal justice system has many cogs, and we’re just one, but this one does not make sense to me and is disappointing," Gonzalez continued.

Mother, boyfriend involved

Henderson's mother and her boyfriend have both been charged with hindering apprehension in connection with the case.

Tiffany Henderson and Geoffrey Wheeler were each charged, and according to the county's website, both were in custody as of Thursday night.

Authorities said after Henderson struck Sullivan with his vehicle on Tuesday night, he ditched the Jeep nearby and was picked up by his mother and her boyfriend, who took him to a hotel where he stayed for a few hours in efforts to avoid arrest.

The manager of the Sterling Inn on the South Loop near Kirby Drive said Henderson arrived at the hotel with two other men and a woman. The manager said that even though they paid to stay at the hotel for two days, they checked into the room around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and left a few hours later, around 3:30 a.m. He said they never returned. The manager said they arrived in a red car and left in a white Cadillac.

Gonzalez said shortly after the incident in Nassau Bay, Henderson's mother lied to authorities when they asked if she knew her son's whereabouts. Gonzalez said Henderson's mother initially said she didn't know who Henderson was at all.

Surveillance video from the hotel proved to be a crucial piece of evidence that helped authorities piece together what actually happened.

"It showed less than 30 minutes before she made that statement to police that she had dropped him off at the hotel. So she absolutely knew where he was. She helped him escape as did her boyfriend. They both lied to the police afterward. That’s the definition of the hindering charge," Harris County Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare said.

The arrest

Two other people were inside the southeast Houston home Thursday when Henderson was arrested. Gonzalez said they could be charged in connection with the case as well.

Authorities said that when Henderson realized the house he was hiding in was completely surrounded, he surrendered and gave a full confession. He told investigators that he knew Sullivan was still partially inside his vehicle when he sped away from the scene in Nassau Bay and ran her over.

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