Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of Arthur Lamont Henderson, who is charged with raping and robbing women in Ross and Hopewell a year ago.
Henderson, 39, of the North Side, has been in the Allegheny County Jail since his arrest Jan. 20, 2012.
The charges against Henderson stem from two 2012 attacks on Ross Township women—one reported Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Woodhawk Club Apartments complex on Johnanna Drive and the other Monday, Jan. 9, at the Cascades Apartment complex off Cemetery Lane.
In both cases, women in their mid-20s were attacked early in the morning after returning from walking their dogs, police said.
Hopewell Township Police also filed charges against Henderson for a sexual assault that occurred Jan. 7—the same morning as the first attack in Ross.
In that case, a 50-year-old woman on Westfield Drive reported she was assaulted by a man in her townhome shortly after 7:45 a.m., according to the criminal complaint. The attacks
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel will preside over the jury trial.