Man accused of locking 12-year-old in the trunk of a car

(Source: CPSO)
(Source: CPSO)

The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:  

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 in 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.

Judge David Ritchie set Wentzel's bond at $150,000.

CPSO Detective Katherine LeBlanc is the lead investigator on this case.