NEW YORK – A man who jumped out of a freezer and threatened staff with a knife in a New York City brunch spot and then died, was a suspected cold case killer, who was just released from the prison in Boston, authorities revealed on Monday.
Carlton Henderson shouted “Away from me, Satan!” as he hurried out of the cold room at Sarabeth’s on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Sunday morning, police said. Kitchen workers removed the knife and took him to the ground, police said, and he went into a cardiac arrest.
Henderson was confronted by a hired killer in 1988, shooting death of 26-year-old William Medina, and the 22-year-old Antonio Dos Reis.
Henderson, 54, of Cave Creek, Arizona, came out of the prison last Wednesday when a judge threw out key evidence in the ongoing double murder case and ordered him released on his own recognizance.
Judge Janet Sanders said Henderson 1993 statements suggesting his involvement in the 1988 murders were inadmissible because he and researchers had an understanding that they could not be used against him.
Henderson was looking to trade information for a reduction in his 15-year prison term on drug and gun charges, Sanders wrote, and the researchers treated him as a cooperating witness, not a target or a defendant — in his 55 hours to ask questions.
The plaintiffs argued such an informal immunity agreement, known as a offering, would have been made in writing, and no confirmatory paperwork was found.
The police arrested Henderson in St. Louis, Missouri, in June 2017 after the bullets of the Boston murders were linked to a gun recovered in a fatal shooting in Miami, in 1993.