Memphis woman wanted for crimes against elderly arrested in California

By Janice Broach - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South woman wanted for scamming the elderly was captured in California Thursday.

Investigators arrested Cassandra Henry in Claremont, California, more than 1,700 miles from Memphis.

Investigators said Henry made her way across the Mid-South stealing from and beating up elderly victims in their own homes and in nursing homes.

An 87-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, spoke with Action News 5 last April.

"When I turned my back and went to the refrigerator ... that's when she got my purse," she said.

Surveillance video showed a woman using one of the 87-year-old victim's credit cards.

In West Memphis, video surveillance from a Richland Elementary camera caught Henry in the act after school hours.

A week later, a Tunica casino employee who had seen Henry's picture on television spotted her at the Horseshoe Casino and called police.  Henry was finally behind bars but got out on bond and did not show up for court.

Investigators said she continued her crime spree in Missouri while a task force hunted for her.

Henry apparently taunted the task force officers looking for her.  Several weeks ago, she called one officer and said, "you police might as well give up trying to catch me.  I am too good.  You will never get me."

After a tip, Claremont, California police arrested Henry and her husband in what was said to be the getaway car.

Henry and her husband are currently in the Los Angeles County jail.  They will be extradited to the Mid-South.

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