Police ID suspect in 7-year-old’s sexual assault

Published 11:17 am Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Police have identified the suspect arrested Tuesday for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Port Arthur Police Department Det. Sadie Guedry announced at approximately 10:50 a.m. Wednesday that Horace Hiawatha Walker, 25, has been charged.

Authorities had announced the arrest Tuesday evening, only initially identifying the suspect as a 25-year-old Orange resident, accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old.

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In a release to media, Sgt. Shannon Meaux said police officers were first dispatched to 4023 Brinkman Drive in reference to a disturbance at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday.

“Upon arrival and through further investigation, it was determined that a 7-year-old child made an outcry to her mother of a sexual assault that had just occurred,” police said in a release. “The suspect, a 25-year-old Orange resident, fled the scene before officers arrived but later turned himself in at the Port Arthur Police Department.”

Police said evidence and witness accounts led to the suspect’s arrest and a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The Port Arthur Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the case, Meaux said.