Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Troopers arrest Smyrna man for alleged rape

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  • Delaware State Police have arrested a 47-year-old Smyrna man after he allegedly broke into a female's domicile and raped her.
    Police said detectives from the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit were called out Sunday morning to investigate an apparent rape in the 5300 block of Smyrna Leipsic Road north of Leipsic. The investigation revealed that a 44-year-old female was asleep in her room, located on a worker camp for the Wicks Farm, when a male subject forced his way into her room at approximately 2 a.m. armed with a knife. Police said the suspect, who was later identified as Felix M. Sanchez, then allegedly held the blade of the knife to the victim's neck and demanded sex. The victim was forced to comply and after the sexual assault, police said the suspect fled the room in an unknown direction.
    Armed with a description of the suspect, troopers made contact with Sanchez, who resided in a room adjacent to the victim, and took him into custody without incident, police said.
    Sanchez was transported back to Troop 3 where he was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, home invasion, second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, theft under $1,500, and criminal mischief.
    Police said Sanchez was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correction Center on $117,250 cash bail.
    The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for small lacerations to her neck and released, police said.
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