On a Friday morning just before 9:00, Leon Henry robbed a McDonald’s restaurant. As he fled the scene, an employee followed, flagged down a police cruiser which just happened to be on the block, and the chase was on. Leon ducked into a nearby auto parts store. When he couldn’t find the back door he grabbed an employee and left through the front door, firing at the police officer as he went.
Officer Reinhardt couldn’t return fire safely, so he followed at a short distance. Leon dumped his hostage and hijacked a car. After about two blocks the he jumped from the car and started running across a golf course. Police were swarming the area. Leon ducked into the condominiums at Sharpstown Green. A 46 year old housewife spotted him through her kitchen window. When Leon kicked her door in she opened fire with her .38.
“I was eight feet away, and I missed him,” she later reported. “Can you believe it?”
Henry ran for his life. He stole a car from the condominium parking lot but couldn’t get out of the electronic gates. So he ran to a nearby Dairy Queen. He jumped into a delivery truck without noticing the driver was nearby. The driver of the truck, in one officer’s words: “Beat the snot out of him and took away his gun.”
Lucky Leon made his way into a residential neighborhood and started jumping fences hoping to hide in a backyard. The second yard he landed in contained a small but tenacious terrier which attacked the exhausted and unarmed man. One of the officers involved in the case said, “He probably thought it couldn’t get any worse at that point.”
But it did.
When Leon Henry jumped the fence to get away from the terrier, he landed in a yard with two large, angry German Shepherds. A neighbor said, “The pair was on him like a duck on a June bug. They were waiting at the bottom of the fence when he jumped.”
Police finally took Henry into custody in a back yard down the street about 9:30 a.m. He fought a little, but as one officer put it, “He had kind of lost heart by then. . .”
I’ve had days like that. Haven’t you? Not the robbing the store part, but the nothing going right part. You want to throw up your hands and quit. God I could use a little help here! And sure enough, he steps in and lifts me up and dusts me off and helps me keep going.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.