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Warrant Issued for Man Accused in Covington Killing, Police Seek Public's Help

A warrant is issued for the arrest of the man accused in this week's shooting death in Covington.
 
Covington Police and the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office announced Friday that they are looking for Patrick Orlando Blanchard, 33, of Cincinnati.
 
Natasha Dawn Henderson, 35, of Covington, was found shot to death near Pike and Main streets in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 30.
 
One person has already been arrested in connection to Henderson's death. Police charged David Vaughn, 24, suspecting that he was the getaway driver. He is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center on $1 million bond and is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing at Kenton District Court on Tuesday.
 
Meanwhile, Covington Police Crime Bureau said in a news release that it had identified Blanchard as the shooter in Henderson's death.
 
Detective Jess Hamblin obtained a warrant for Blanchard's arrest on Sunday, charging him with murder. He would face 20 to 50 years, or life in prison.
 
Blanchard is still at large and investigators hope the public can help find him.
 
Blanchard is 6'8" and 250 pounds, and his last known address is on Glenorchard Drive in Cincinnati.
 
Police said that Blanchard should be considered armed and dangerous.
 
Detectives have also learned that at least two vehicles were stopped in traffic behind the vehicle from which Blanchard allegedly 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 Rob Nader. "But our suspect obviously knows what he's done and now he's gone into hiding."
 
"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," said Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders.
 
Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Crimestoppers at 513.352.3040.
 
-Staff report
Photo: Patrick Blanchard (provided)