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(3/7/2019, 0945 hrs) Around 3 am this morning, APD officers responded to a home in the 900 block of Canal Street to a report of an assault. Officers arrived and were informed that a male subject had threatened two women, broken a phone and chased them while brandishing a gun.
Officers were told that the incident began as an argument over child custody, but escalated when the male, identified as Willie Ray Sanders, Jr., took the child to his home. The mother came with a friend to the house to pick up the child and Sanders refused, and they continued to argue. Sanders then reportedly walked out of the home with a small child in one arm and a rifle in the other, then pointed it at the two women and threatened to shoot the car, then chased the two women as they drove away.
Officers were permitted to search the home and located an AK-style rifle, which Sanders said was his. Sanders was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and other, unrelated warrants. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Willie Ray Sanders, Jr, 5/25/1995
no fixed address, Alexandria
A more recent booking photo was not yet available.