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Infidelity, Assault Alleged at Memphis Airport

MEMPHIS (CN) - An airport cop assaulted and arrested a husband who caught his wife cheating with the officer in a police SUV, the man claims in court.

Donyael Henry sued Lt. Kendrick Jones and the Memphis Airport Authority in Shelby County court last week for due process abuse, infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

Henry says his wife Melissa went grocery shopping last February and he became concerned after she had been gone more than an hour. He was able to access her car's GPS and saw that it was parked on Memphis International Airport property, according to the complaint."Concerned about Mrs. Henry's safety, Mr. Henry drove to the airport and arrived on Cargo Road where Mrs. Henry's vehicle was parked around 10:00 p.m. and noticed Ms. [sic] Henry's vehicle parked close to an airport police SUV and both vehicles were parked between a row of tractors and water utility vehicles in front of a garbage dumpster," the complaint states. "Mr. Henry exited his vehicle and initially looked in Mrs. Henry's vehicle but noticed that it was unoccupied. However, the airport police SUV was parked to the left of Mrs. Henry's vehicle and Mr. Henry looked into the police SUV and saw the two engaged in extremely sexually explicit conduct."

Melissa was shocked to see him there and they began speaking before Jones interrupted and got violent, Henry claims.

"Plaintiff advised Lt. Jones that he intended to let Lt. Jones' supervisor and wife know about the extremely sexually explicit conduct that plaintiff had witnessed," the lawsuit reads. "Immediately thereafter, and in a rage Lt. Jones reached and grabbed plaintiff's arm and pulled plaintiff's arm into the vehicle. After grabbing plaintiff's arm, Lt. Jones jumped out of the vehicle, ran towards the passenger side and attacked plaintiff."

Jones and other officers who arrived at the scene arrested Henry for being on airport property. After asking to speak to the supervisor, one of the officers told Henry, "You should not have brought your ass up here and Lt. Jones is the officer in charge of the shift," according to the complaint.

Henry was charged with domestic assault, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest but those charges were later dropped, he claims.

He says he had to pay attorney fees and had to pay for "professional help for the undue stress that these events caused."

Henry seeks $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. He is represented by James King, Jr. of Eskins, King & Marney in Memphis.

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