Gonzales man arrested on first-degree rape of a child, other charges

Gonzales man arrested on first-degree rape of a child, other charges
Wendell Sanchez (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

GONZALES, La. (WAFB) - Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office say they have arrested a man accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Authorities say their investigation began around 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 when they were dispatched to a local hospital.

Investigators say they learned Wendell Sanchez, 34, of Gonzales, brought a child, who had been complaining of abdominal pains, to the emergency room and was waiting outside in his vehicle.

Deputies say they were told by hospital staff the 11-year-old child was pregnant and Sanchez was believed to be the father.

Sanchez left the hospital in his vehicle and then abandoned his vehicle and ran off to a nearby apartment complex, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies say with the help of the Gonzales Police Department, they found Sanchez hiding on the patio of a home.

While arresting Sanchez, deputies found him in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to deputies.

Sanchez was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on charges of first-degree rape with a victim under the age of 13, resisting an officer, possession of schedule II CDS, drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass, simple criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of person under 17, creation of a clandestine lab, no drivers license, and no tail lamps.

His bond is set at $540,000.

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