Texas A&M senior defensive lineman Zaycoven Henderson pointed a rifle at a woman in a parking lot at the Campus Village Apartment Complex and threatened to kill two others Sunday morning after an altercation at Northgate, according to court documents obtained by The Eagle on Thursday that reveal more details about the incident.
Terry Florez, who was arrested with Henderson on a charge of possession of less than two ounces marijuana, reportedly bumped into one of the women at a hookah lounge in the Northgate District, and, in response, the woman shoved Florez, according to the police report. A verbal altercation between Florez, Henderson and the three women ensued resulting in the trio leaving, according to the documents.
Once the victims arrived at the Campus Village Apartment Complex, they realized Henderson and Florez had followed them and another verbal altercation began, according to the report.
Henderson exited the car with the rifle - a Ruger model 10/22 - and said “I will kill you [expletive],” and, “We real,” and “You thought we were joking,” according to the report.
After one of the women approached Henderson and asked him to put the gun away, he pointed it at her and told her to back off, the court documents state. Henderson and Florez then got back in the car and left, according to the documents.
All three women gave the same description of what unfolded, according to the police report.
Henderson and Florez, who was driving, were pulled over in the 400 block of Southwest Parkway, where both were detained in handcuffs and the car was searched when officers detected the smell of burned marijuana, according to the report. A useable amount of marijuana was found in the front passenger door panel of the car, which was later measured as 4.2 grams, according to the report.
Both Henderson and Florez did not pass a field test for recent marijuana consumption, according to the police report.
While he was being handcuffed, Florez told police “I hope you find what you’re looking for in the car,” according to the documents.
The rifle was later found in a ditch near the Campus Village Apartment Complex, according to police. When police recovered the firearm, there was a magazine in the rifle with a round in the chamber and the safety deactivated, according to the report.
Both Henderson and Florez told police that Florez was giving Henderson a ride to his girlfriend’s apartment, but Florez erroneously turned into the Campus Village complex. They said they did not stop the car at Campus Village, according to the report.
While being interviewed, police discovered a green leafy substance on Henderson’s chest, which was identified by the officer as marijuana, according to the report.
Henderson was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison and could include a fine not to exceed $10,000. Tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, could result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Possession of two ounces or less of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas that carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and fines not to exceed $2,000.
The incident was reported hours after the Aggies’ annual football banquet, during which Henderson was honored as a senior on the team. His parents were present at the event, according to a picture posted on his private Instagram account.
He was released from jail Monday after posting a surety bond for $40,000, according to Brazos County jail records.
“If it wasn’t for God, I would not be where I’m at today,” Henderson tweeted Monday.
Henderson hired College Station-based defense attorney Steve Gustitis, who told The Eagle that Henderson is asserting his innocence.
“We are in the midst of developing an investigation plan and so that is the first thing that is on our plate at this point in time,” Gustitis said.
A GoFundMe.com page was created on Tuesday to help raise funds for Henderson’s defense against “a crime he did not commit,” according to a post on the page. Henderson’s father, Chregg Henderson, confirmed the campaign was created by his family, but deferred all other questions to Gustitis.
“My brother is being wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit,” the campaign page said. “We are going to fight this, but we are asking for a helping hand in this time of need.”
The campaign has since been removed from the website after it gained more than $1,500 from more than 10 donors, including several with names of former and current Texas A&M football players.
According to GoFundMe.com’s terms of service, the website cannot be used for campaigns supporting the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with violence.
Henderson was suspended Sunday from the Aggie football team, per athletic department policy.
Henderson started 11 of the Aggies 12 games this season at defensive tackle, save A&M’s SEC bout with Arkansas on Sept. 23 at AT&T Stadium. He ranks ninth on the team in tackles with 35, including five tackles for loss and 2 ½ sacks. As a junior, Henderson’s 10 tackles for loss were fourth-best on the roster.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound lineman out of Longview High School was suspended for the first two games of his sophomore season in 2015 for violation of athletic department rules.