Oceanside Murder Suspect Caught in St. Louis

Police caught the suspected murderer nearly 2,000 miles away.

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    The Oceanside man police suspect killed his wife on New year's Day in front of their two children was arrested in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday.

    Dontaye Henderson, 28, was tracked by two Oceanside Police detectives as he traveled across country on a Greyhound bus to St. Louis, police said.

    Detectives, working with St. Louis police, captured Henderson as he changed buses at the terminal, according to Oceanside police Sgt. Leonard Mata.

    Police suspect Henderson killed his wife 25-year-old Tamara Henderson in front of their two kids, a six-year-old girl and two year old boy. Officers believe Dontaye thought his wife was cheating on him.

    Henderson is currently being held on kidnapping and murder charges, Mata said. Detectives added kidnapping charges after Dontaye allegedly kidnapped Consuelo Ramirez at gunpoint, just after the shooting. Ramirez told police he threatened to hurt her two-year-old son if she didn't drive them out of San Diego County.

    Detectives say Dontaye Henderson, who was out on parole, cut off his GPS bracelet just after the shooting on New Year’s Day.

    Neighbors say Tamara Henderson appeared to be a loving mother to her two kids.

    "She always with her kids, Sundays they go to church," said the Henderson's neighbor Angelica Evangelista

    But they also say she and her husband Dontaye didn't always get along.

    "Off and on we'd hear them yelling and each other, it was pretty loud," Evangelista said.

    Neighbors say they heard the couple fighting New Year's morning. It was at that time, that Oceanside Police say Dontaye got a gun and killed his wife Tamara.

    "I feel sorry for the kids that's where my heart really goes to the children," neighbor Robert Hain.

    According to court records, Dontaye pleaded guilty to raping his first wife in 2003. He is still on parole for that felony conviction. 
     
    As for the couple's two children, police won't say where they are right now, only that they're safe.

    Local doctor Clark Smith, MD, has worked with children who are victims of crime.

    "It's a horrible trauma for a child to lose a parent," Dr. Smith said. He says they will need extensive therapy.