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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

August 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office routinely serves warrants taken by Albany Police, but apparently police didn't express the need to arrest burglary suspect Charlie Henderson before he got out of the hospital.

They both say this was just a case of mis-timing and mis-communication. Police issued the warrants late Friday afternoon, and sent them to the Sheriff's Office. Both Department's personnel had the weekend off, and waited until Monday to attempt to arrest Henderson.

By that time he had checked out of the hospital and disappeared.

Albany Police took out the arrest warrants Friday afternoon, and sent them to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office after 5:00, but they waited until Monday to go after Charlie Henderson.

"As they went in to serve those warrants, they were notified that he had just been released from the hospital," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks Whitley.

Sheriff Jamil Saba says his Office and APD have worked together for years. If Albany Police don't arrest someone on the spot, they transfer the warrants to his office.

"When they took the warrant out, they turn them over to us. But there was not any paper, information that he was in the Hospital. So we didn't know this," Sheriff Saba said.

The warrants were delivered late Friday, after Deputies had left for the weekend.

"They received the warrant Monday. They went to his house Monday and nobody was home. Later on that day or the next day they talked to one of the City Policemen, and they said he was just got out of the hospital. So when they did that, they went back around there again today, and he's not there," Saba said.

Sheriff Saba said he is not blaming APD, and not blaming his office. He says in this case the two departments just had a miscommunication. "Just every business, communications is the name of the game. Sometime it doesn't work."

"Where or if, the communication there was a communication breakdown, and certainly if there was one, we will definitely look into improving that," Banks-Whitley said.

Sheriff Saba said he's not placing blame on why Henderson is on the run now, but he says he will solve the problem. "We'll find him. We'd rather him just turn himself in, but if he don't, we'll pick him up sooner or later."

If you have any information on Charles Henderson you can call CRIME STOPPERS at 229-436-TIPS, and you could earn a reward for helping Police and Sheriff's Deputies find him.

The man who shot Henderson, John Underwood, was released from the Dougherty County Jail on bond.

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