Police: Johnson City man choked teenage son, interfered with 911 call

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 7:31 PM

A Johnson City man placed his teenage son in a choke hold Monday, rendering the boy unable to breathe, Johnson City police said in court records. Both the man and his wife also faced charges that they interfered with a 911 call.

About 7:45 p.m., police were called to 2105 Lauderdale Drive, where Elizabeth Jenkins reported that several assaults had taken place involving her son-in-law, James B. Henderson, 38, 170 Dave Buck Road, Apt. 53.

Jenkins told police she heard Henderson and his 15-year-old son fighting, and when she went to investigate, she saw Henderson with the teen in a choke hold. The boy was struggling to breathe, so she intervened. Jenkins’ daughter, 37-year-old April C. Henderson, also entered the struggle and tried to break everyone up.

Jenkins then dialed 911, but her daughter smacked the phone from her hand and struck her face at the same time. Jenkins tried to get the phone back, but James Henderson threw it into another room, according to a court record.

Police said the boy and a juvenile witness corroborated Jenkins’ account. The boy told police he had been unable to breathe at one point.

James Henderson was charged with aggravated assault and interference with 911. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $26,000 bond. April Henderson was charged with simple assault and interference with 911. Both were arraigned Tuesday in Sessions Court.

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