Date: Monday, July 20, 2020
Time: 2:50 a.m.
Location: 1400 E. 51st Street
Deceased: Karen Sue Henson, White female, 12/24/1961
Arrested: James Quinton Sorrels, Black male, 23 years of age
James Quinton Sorrels
On Monday, July 20, 2020 at approximately 2:50 a.m., Austin 911 received a call about an injured woman at the Delwood Apartments located at 1400 E. 51st Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered Karen Sue Henson with severe trauma to her body. Austin-Travis County EMS transported Ms. Henson to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where, despite lifesaving attempts, she was pronounced deceased at 3:25 a.m. by Dr. Cardenas.
Austin Police Department homicide detectives arrived to begin canvassing the area for witnesses as crime scene personnel processed the scene. Detectives were told that Ms. Henson heard a noise outside her apartment window and went to investigate. It is unclear at this point what occurred outside that led to Ms. Henson’s murder.
What is known is that Karen Sue Henson had previously experienced homelessness and was known for occasionally helping others experiencing the same. Given her efforts, many knew where she lived.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest.
Detectives are asking anyone with video or information about this incident to come forward. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS(8477) or use the Crime Stoppers App. Those with information may also reach out to APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS(8477), email them at email@example.com, or submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.