DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The five-year-old Dallas girl, who police say was murdered by her teenaged cousin, was playing with two other children moments before she was killed.
An arrest warrant for Angel Lisandro Sanches-Zenteno says Katherine Alejandra Gonzalez was playing with two 3-year-old girls outside of the Sontera Palms Apartments, located along Royal Lane Near Abrams Road when Sanches took her away. Both little girls identified Sanchez-Zenteno as the person last seen with Gonzalez.
However, the suspect told police a different story, according to the arrest warrant.
Sanches-Zenteno admitted he was with the little girl, but claimed he was a victim as well, while another man he identified as “Carlos” held him at gunpoint and took both of them into the vacant apartment where the little girl’s body was found.
Sanches-Zenteno told police once the three of them were in the apartment, “Carlos” locked him in the closet for about a half an hour. He claims he heard Gonzalez cry, but never saw her again once he exited the closet. He admitted he was an accomplice to the crime, but insisted he did not murder or rape the little girl.
Gonzalez was found hanging in that same closet with a shirt around her neck, according to the arrest warrant.
Sanches-Zenteno has been charged with capital murder and is being held in the Dallas County jail on a $1 million bond.
Crime scene investigators have taken photographs, DNA samples, saliva and fingernail scrapings from Sanches-Zenteno as DPD continues its investigation.
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