17-year old teenager, Angel Sanches, told Dallas police that he did not kill his young cousin, but that he was an accomplice. The little girl’s body was found hanging in the closet; a shirt was used for a rope.
Sanches agreed to speak to detectives at the police headquarters in Dallas and he told them that he didn’t rape her, nor did he kill her. The young man faces a charge of capital murder if found guilty of killing his five-year-old cousin, Katharine Gonzales.
The body of Katharine was found this Sunday afternoon where she was staying with her uncle, in Lake Highlands, in a unit at Sontera Palms Apartments on Royal Lane Street. The girl’s parents were at work and she would often stay with her uncle.
Freddie Washington, a witness, told Dallas detectives that he witnessed Angel Sanches lure the young girl into the apartment where she was found hanging from her neck.
Washington revealed that:
He kept telling her to ‘Come on, come on,’ like come home or something. I think he waited for me to leave around the corner and then took her into the vacant apartment.
Sanches denied harming the little girl and according to the warrant, he told the police that a man named Carlos, killed her. He continued to say that he was taken into the vacant apartment where the body of the girl was found by gunpoint, by a man named Carlos. Katharine followed him and Carlos into the apartment, Sanches went on.
He continued to tell the police that the little girl started complaining and begun to cry. Sanches added:
He explained that he then heard the door close and he exited the apartment to see that the neighbors had begun searching for the juvenile. He also explained that he is an ‘accomplice’ but did not see the juvenile in the apartment after he exited the closet.
The police found the body of Katharine Gonzales inside a vacant apartment. The warrant explained how she was hanging in a closet by a shirt around her neck.
Dallas investigators have taken mouth swabs and fingernail clippings from Angel Sanches in order to compare his DNA to the one found at the crime scene.
Sanches is not eligible for the death penalty, because he is only 17. He is, though, charged with capital murder. Dallas police revealed that he is on undocumented immigrant who has been living in the United States for the past 6 months to a year.
On Monday night, a judge set his bail at $1,000,000.