Two Honduran nationals have been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, while the alleged victim’s cousin stands accused of abandoning or endangering a child. The charges stem from an incident that took place in south Horseshoe Bay during the late night hours of July 4 and early morning hours of July 5.
Anibal Escobar, 19, and Anael Martinez, 22, were arrested during the early morning hours of July 9 following an investigation by Horseshoe Bay investigators Lt. Jay Bauman, Sgt. Rocky Wardlow, and Sgt. Jim Cooksey, and Texas Ranger Jesse Ramos. The two men were charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 17, a first degree felony. Both resided at a residence on 39th Street in Horseshoe Bay at the time of the incident.
The alleged victim, 14, had been invited by her 23-year-old cousin, Reyna Marie Ramirez, to attend a party the evening of July 4. The alleged victim and Ramirez left Marble falls with four Hispanic males who took them to a party at a residence in Cottonwood Shores, and later to the residence in Horseshoe Bay where the group continued to drink alcohol.
The girl told investigators she became dizzy due to consuming alcohol, and two of the males began making unwanted sexual advances toward her. She reported both males forcibly had sex with her.
The victim and the two suspects told investigators that Ramirez opened the bathroom door at one point as Martinez assaulted her. Ramirez spoke to her cousin, but walked away and left the girl with the two male suspects who allegedly took turns sexually assaulting her. Ramirez and the victim remained at the Horseshoe Bay residence until one of the other male subjects and Ramirez dropped the victim off at her Marble Falls residence at approximately 7 am on Monday, July 5.
The girl did not immediately tell her mother what had happened when she returned home, but called her at work around noon that day and informed her of the incident. A sexual assault examination performed later that day revealed bruising and other evidence consistent with the alleged sexual assault.
Ramirez was arrested Monday, July 12 at approximately 3 pm in Burnet. Abandoning or endangering a child is a second degree felony. Ramirez allegedly knew the age of the victim as well as the ages of Escobar and Martinez.
The male suspects have indicated they are in the country illegally and remain in Burnet Detention Facility under an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold which will prevent them from being released on bond for the alleged assault.
Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane said, “Although we have had a horrendous criminal act committed I am pleased that our investigators took a reported rape of a child with no identity known of the offenders, no address or even street name known for the location, no known witnesses, and little physical evidence to work with, and were able to identify the suspects, obtain confessions, and have them both in custody within three days of the initial report. All three of our investigators were assigned to the case and once suspects were developed, two of the officers worked non-stop 24 hours straight to bring it to a successful conclusion. As was evident by our commitment, we take these cases seriously”