LAKE CHARLES, LA — A 19 year old man is locked up tonight after admitting to duct taping the hands, feet and mouth of a 12 year old boy and then locking him in the trunk of a car. Reports also indicate that he sprayed him in the face with a water hose until he began to choke and threatened another 9 year old boy who witnessed the incident.
On June 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Bradley L. Wentzel, 19, of Moss Bluff, duct taping the hands, feet and mouth of a 12 year old boy and locking him the trunk of a car for several minutes. Further investigation revealed after removing the victim from the trunk of a car, Wentzel put the victim on the ground and allowed a 12 year old juvenile to squirt the victim in the face with a water hose until he began to choke. The victim’s 9 year old friend was forced to watch and was threatened with the same abuse if he tried to leave.
After Wentzel allowed the victim to leave, the victim ran to the friend’s nearby home where a family member removed the duct tape that was still around his wrists and immediately contacted law enforcement.
When questioned by deputies, Wentzel confirmed the allegations. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile. Reports did not indicate the nature of the relationship between the Wentzel and the victim.
Judge David Ritchie set Wentzel’s bond at $150,000.