Gonzales man arrested on first-degree rape, other charges

Gonzales man arrested on first-degree rape, other charges

On Sunday, October 18, shortly after 7 p.m., deputies responded to a nearby hospital about a molestation of a juvenile.

Upon deputies’ arrival, they learned that 34-year-old Wendell Sanchez brought a juvenile off at the emergency room who had been complaining of abdominal pains and was waiting in his vehicle.

As the investigation continued, it was learned that the 11-year-old juvenile was pregnant, and that Sanchez is reportedly the father.

When deputies arrived on scene, Sanchez fled the area in his vehicle and then abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot to a nearby apartment complex.

Deputies, with the assistance of Gonzales Police Department, located Sanchez hiding in a patio area of a residence. While searching Sanchez, deputies located a quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person.

He was arrested and charged with 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.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where his bond was set at $540,000 by Judge Kliebert.