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‘The Russian’ charged in teen’s death

People who know suspect say he had anger issues

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‘The Russian’ charged in teen’s death

STANDARD — A man known to acquaintances as “The Russian” has been charged in connection with a Spring Valley teen’s death.

Richard A. Henderson, 26, of 111 Fourth St., Standard has been charged with concealing the homicidal death of 16 year-old Diamond Bradley.

Bradley was last seen Jan. 23 and reported missing to police the following day; three days later, the girl’s body was discovered by the side of a rural Granville road.

Authorities have declared the case a homicide — it was announced she was stabbed multiple times.

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An investigator involved in the case said Henderson told them during questioning that he was born in the United States, but traveled “for a time” to Siberia to be with his father. The investigator wasn’t able to provide a specific time frame of residence in Russia, hence his nickname “The Russian.”

Henderson’s current Standard address is about a five minute drive (3-mile distance) from the approximate spot Bradley’s body was found.

Signs indicate Richard Henderson is not originally from Putnam County.

Henderson was never a student at Putnam County schools or Hall High School, superintendents confirmed.

An employee at the Standard post office said there’s no record of Henderson receiving mail through the post office. The employee said that there’s no rural delivery to houses in Standard; if you live there and want your mail, it needs to come through the post office. But the employee said that no one with that name receives mail from the Standard post office.

Henderson does have a criminal history in the area.

In November 2016, Henderson, then 24, had another address at 15421 N. 955th Road, Granville, which is south of Standard. He was charged by Peru police with driving under the influence and DUI with blood-alcohol over .08 failure to signal, illegal parking in the roadway and illegal transportation of alcohol, following a traffic stop.

But what else is known about him?

Those who said they know Henderson from work, living with him or from seeing him in Standard won’t provide their names. Even those who said they’ve lived in Standard for years and heard about Henderson wouldn’t provide their names.

Two sources (one former coworker of Henderson) told the NewsTribune that Henderson had anger issues. Henderson “seemed to (have) multiple personalities where he would have different interests and different accents if you will go that route,” one source said.

Another source shared that he, “knew this guy for a few years now... seemed normal at first but a few years later he started showing severe signs of aggression and he plainly just terrified us on some occasions. Was surprised at first, but thinking back at how he was, his behavior at times and bad episodes, I’m not surprised that he will go this far.”

What’s next?

Henderson’s being held on $1 million bond for the class 3 felony charge he was picked up on Monday (sentencing range: 2-5 years) for allegedly concealing Bradley’s death.

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle at a Tuesday press conference said authorities expect additional charges — he went so far as to say Henderson killed Bradley, but as of Tuesday afternoon, Putnam County State’s Attorney’s Office declined to say if and what charges are forthcoming.

Cell phone pings and surveillance helped lead investigators, who Doyle characterized as working around the clock, to Henderson who reportedly has lived in the Granville area for several years. Whether he has a criminal background in any other area is yet unclear.

Authorities said they think Henderson picked Bradley up between 6:30-7 a.m. on Jan. 24 near her home.

Investigators still are piecing together what website the two made contact on, how long they had been in contact and whether they had physically met before. Doyle and Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston confirmed there were cell phone messages exchanged between the two, but declined to say more about any cell phone records.

Doyle said there still is much to be done in the investigation, telling media “they don’t get to just go home now” and investigators are waiting for additional lab reports and autopsy details. Doyle declined to say whether there was believed to be any type of sexual assault against Bradley.

Doyle was quick to praise the extensive team investigating which involved Putnam, La Salle, Bureau and Cook County Sheriff’s Departments, Spring Valley, Peru, La Salle, Oglesby, Ottawa, Streator, Chicago and Peoria Police Departments, State Police and State Police Crime Services, TRIDENT and Putnam, Bureau and La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Offices.

A La Salle County Jail representative said Henderson was present in Putnam County for the bond hearing, which took place approximately the same time as the press conference. Henderson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday, Feb. 15 in Hennepin with Roger Bolin appointed as public defender.

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Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or Follow her on Twitter at NT_Princeton2. Ali Braboy can be reached at (815) 220-6931 and Follow her on Twitter @NT_PutnamCo.


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