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Pa. Man Charged With Assault Of Woman On I-83

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 BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The crime made headlines across the region. A woman attacked by a man following a fender bender on Interstate 83. Now that man is in custody.

Mike Hellgren has more on the suspect.

The manhunt is over for Michael Henshaw, who police say viciously attacked a woman after hitting her car with his jeep last Friday night on I-83 near the Maryland Pennsylvania line.

“This arrest is very important to police because there are a lot of motorist who probably were troubled when they heard this story,” said Elena Russo, Maryland State Police.

Tips flooded Maryland State Police.  The arrest was made at Henshaw’s home located about a half hour north in York, Pa. No one at his home wanted to speak about the investigation.

Neighbor Wayne Dull knew something was wrong.

“I just saw a police car in the street, another car kind of blocking the driveway, blocking the two cars in the driving– including the jeep,” Dull said.

“At this point we don’t know what his motivation was for assaulting the woman on 83,” Russo said.

“It doesn’t fit what I know of him,” Dull said. “But then again you never know. But he always seemed very nice and friendly to myself and my wife.”

Many neighbors said they simply did not want to get involved, but say that Henshaw did not seem capable of this type of violence.

Police say Henshaw begged the victim not to call police about the accident. When she did, investigators say he grabbed the phone and punched her in the face and dragged her toward the trees near the interstate–threatening her life before she finally managed to get away.

“They checked his records and found his license was suspended in Pennsylvania,” Russo said.

Henshaw faces charges, including second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and robbery.

Police say the arrest happened without incident.

Henshaw is being held in a jail in Pennsylvania. Police want to extradite him here to Maryland to face charges.

Henshaw is 30 years old and neighbors tell WJZ he recently became a father.

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