A defensive lineman for Texas A&M is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at several people and threatened to kill them.
Senior Zaycoven Henderson, a 23-year-old starting defensive tackle for the Aggies, was arrested early Sunday and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of possession of marijuana less than two ounces, police said.
Officers responded to an apartment complex in College Station at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday after getting reports of two men pointing a firearm at people and threatening to kill them. Police then found Henderson and another man, identified as Terry Lechler Florez Jr., leaving the complex in a vehicle when they were stopped for questioning.
“Once the scene was secured, officers learned that the passenger in the vehicle pointed a rifle at one of the victims and also threatened the other two victims by stating he would kill them,” police said in a news release obtained by The Post. “Officers also learned the rifle had been discarded by the passenger in a nearby wooded area in an attempt to conceal the firearm.”
Police identified Henderson as the passenger in the vehicle and said Florez, 24, was behind the wheel. Florez was charged with possession of marijuana less than two ounces, police said.
A message seeking comment from university athletic officials was not immediately returned, but the Dallas Morning News report that Henderson has been suspended indefinitely.
The 6-foot-2 defensive lineman, originally from Longview, Texas, started all 13 games as a junior in 2016, according to the team’s roster, which still listed Henderson’s bio as of Monday afternoon. The team’s final game this season comes Dec. 29 against Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl.
Henderson, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was expected to appear before a judge Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News, which reported that Henderson had been expected to have an “outside shot” at being picked in the next NFL draft.