Just before 9:00 pm Monday evening DICE Officers William Thrasher and Lovent Gaines noticed a man in a black shirt and white shorts walking down Military Road pushing a baby stroller with a portable heater inside. Officer Thrasher pulled his cruiser up behind the man to question him and upon closer inspection, identified the man as Jimmy Henley. Before Thrasher and Gaines could exit the vehicle, Henley pushed the stroller over and began to run, cutting across the Quick Stop parking lot at the corner of Military and 8th Avenue. Officer Gaines began to chase the suspect while Thrasher stayed with the stroller and heater to secure the evidence. Gaines lost Henley in the chase and returned to the scene. A few short minutes later Officer Rebecca Lomax spotted Henley walking down 12th Avenue with the assistance of his cane. However, Henley was now wearing jeans and a t-shirt in addition to the recently added cane. She then pulled over to question him and once she confirmed that it was indeed Henley, placed him in the back of the cruiser and transported him to the scene.
Officers Oscar Lewis, Gaines and Thrasher then canvassed the area, including an abandoned house next door to the Quick Stop. Officers noted there was an empty spot where a heater would have been but could not prove that it was the same heater. The entrance to the house was opened but the rest of the doors and windows were boarded up. As Henley leaned against his cane, he denied being the same man that had run from officers. However, Henley also outran Officer Gaines last month and one of the officers said “That cane is just for show!” Noting his change of clothes officers also believed that Henley had a stash somewhere in the woods.
Henley’s girlfriend then arrived on scene and swore that Henley had been with her all evening. Since officers could not confirm that it was indeed Henley nor that the heater was stolen, the subject was released.