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Alleged trigger man in Covington shooting death Sunday morning identified, warrant issued for arrest

NKyTribune staff

A warrant has been issued for Patrick Orlando Blanchard, charging him with murder in the shooting death of Natasha Dawn Henderson.

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Henderson, 35, of Covington,was found dead in the street early Sunday morning.

Covington Police, responding to a call, located Henderson’s body at the intersection of West Pike and Main streets shortly after 2:30 a.m. She had succumbed to gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

David Vaughn, who is believed by police to be the driver of the getaway vehicle, was arrested Sunday afternoon. He was arraigned Wednesday and is charged with complicity to murder. He is currently in the Kenton County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

According to a release from the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, police believe Blanchard has gone into hiding. His last known address is in Cincinnati.

Police are also asking anyone with information on the shooting, including the occupants of two vehicles stopped in traffic behind the Blanchard vehicle, to come forward.

The Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office issued the following release, which includes a physical description of Blanchard, regarding the investigation:

On December 30, 2018 Covington Police were dispatched to the intersection of Pike & Main Streets for a shooting. Officers located Natasha Dawn Henderson, 35, of Covington, deceased from gunshot wounds.

Investigation by the Covington Police Crime Bureau led to the identification of Patrick Orlando Blanchard as the person who shot and killed Henderson.

Also on December 30, 2018, Covington Police Detective Jess Hamblin obtained a warrant for Blanchard’s arrest, charging him with murder.

Blanchard is described as 33 years of age, 6’8” and 250 lbs. Blanchard’s last known address is on Glenorchard Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio. Attempts to locate Blanchard at the address have been unsuccessful. Covington Police are now seeking the public’s assistance in locating Blanchard.

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Blanchard should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Blanchard should call 911. Anyone with information about Blanchard’s whereabouts should contact Detective Hamblin at (859) 292-2375 or, after business hours, Kenton County Dispatch at (859) 356-3191.

Detectives have also learned at least two vehicles were stopped in traffic behind the vehicle from which Blanchard fired the shots that killed Henderson.

Covington Police are also asking the witnesses in those vehicles to come forward. Any drivers or passengers in those vehicles are asked to contact Detective Hamblin at (859) 292-2375.

“Our detectives and patrol officers did a great job of quickly identifying the shooter and obtaining a warrant for his arrest,” said Covington Police Chief, Col. Rob Nader, “But our suspect obviously knows what he’s done and now he’s gone into hiding.”

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said “This type of brazen violence is unusual and alarming in our community so we would appreciate the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Blanchard so law enforcement can take him into custody before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Murder is a Capital offense in Kentucky, punishable by 20 to 50 years, or life in prison. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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