UT student, staff member assaulted by attempted car-jacker

Ellis Harold Henderson,28, arrested for assaulting a UT student, staff member, and police officers (Courtesy: Austin Police)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has been arrested after assaulting a University of Texas student, staff member and several UT police officers Thursday night around 8 p.m.

A UT student was grabbed by the man identified as Ellis Harold Henderson, 28, on the 2000 block of Robert Dedman Dr. on campus. The girl screamed for help which a UT staff member in a nearby university vehicle heard. The staff member attempted to distract Henderson from the student so she could get away.

The staff member was then assaulted by Henderson who tried to take the UT vehicle. As UT police arrived Henderson was getting into the car. Police asked several times for the man to get out of the car. He ignored their commands and put the car into gear. It was then UTPD deployed a Taser and managed to put the car into park.

According to police, Henderson attempted to assault the officers while they were placing him in handcuffs.

The student was not injured. The UT staff member and several UT police officers were treated for minor injuries.

Henderson faces charges for assault by contact, aggravated robbery, and resisting arrest.

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