July 22, 2014

Two PC football players arrested in Lander rape investigation

Two football players from Presbyterian College have been charged with rape and kidnapping after an assault last month at Lander University. 19-year-old Bobby Henderson III, of Orlando, Fla., and 19-year-old Cameron Jones of Mauldin were arrested by Lander Police Friday.

Authorities say the men knocked on the door of an on-campus apartment at the school March 21 and forced their way inside, raping three women at gunpoint.

Presbyterian College officials confirmed the players have been suspended. Both Henderson and Jones are being held in the Greenwood County jail without bail. Police say Jones turned himself in about an hour after Henderson was arrested Friday.

Lander University spokeswoman Megan Price said officials believe one of the attackers knew the victims.

“We have increased patrols on campus since this happened just to give some more reassurance to our students,” Price said.

According to the Presbyterian athletic department website, Henderson plays tight end for the school football team, while Jones is a running back. Both were freshmen.

Although the two men did not have key cards to get into the Bearcat Village apartment complex, Price said another student opened the door to allow them inside. She said that unidentified student was just being polite and did not have any malicious intentions.