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Cave Creek man goes on rampage with knife at NYC restaurant after he's found in freezer

Posted at 1:06 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 01:44:08-04

An Arizona man is dead after jumping out of a freezer at a New York City restaurant and charging at an employee with a knife.

Police identified the man as 54-year-old Carlton Henderson of Cave Creek.

Police say on Sunday an employee at Sarabeth's restaurant opened the freezer door, and Henderson allegedly ran out screaming, "Away from me, Satan!"

The restaurant worker was able to calm the man down, but the man went into cardiac arrest and later died at an Upper West Side hospital.

No one else in the eatery was injured. 

"I mean it's a big surprise, you know, that you're telling me he was arrested for murder," said Paul Geise, a neighbor of Hendersons in Cave Creek.

"He was real nice guy," Geise said. "[He was] pleasant to talk to, but that's about it that I know of this guy."

Henderson was charged in June 2017 with two counts of first-degree murder for the 1988 killings of William Medina and Antonio Reis in Roxbury and arrested that same month in St. Louis.  

He was transferred to Boston where he had been jailed while awaiting trial. A judge in Boston released Henderson on his own recognizance Wednesday of last week on procedural grounds after his defense attorney successfully moved to suppress evidence.  

He was due back in court next week.

Police say it's unknown why Henderson was in New York City or hiding in the freezer.