JACKSON — Police arrested a convicted sex offender who fled to Brookhaven, Miss., Saturday after being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, a spokesman for the Jackson Town Marshal’s Office said.
David R. Sanders, 34, was arrested with the cooperation of Brookhaven police in a sting set up to lure him to a Walmart store in the Mississippi city, said Chief Deputy Marshal Robert Sanders, who is not related to the suspect.
The suspect is listed as an active sex offender in a 2008 conviction for the molestation of a juvenile in East Baton Rouge Parish and has been living at 6756 La. 68 in Jackson for several months, the chief deputy marshal said.
David Sanders is accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to his residence between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Saturday and raping her, and then returning her to her home, Chief Deputy Sanders said.
The suspect later fled from Jackson to Brookhaven where he contacted a friend and asked him to wire him money at the Walmart.
Chief Deputy Sanders said the friend cooperated with authorities and stalled for time until Jackson police arrived in Brookhaven.
The friend then called David Sanders and told him the money had been sent, but the suspect learned that no money was waiting for him and left the store.
As he returned to the parking lot about 8 p.m. Saturday, officers took him into custody without incident, Chief Deputy Sanders said.
“No doubt he would have run again. He knew something was up when the money wasn’t there,” Chief Deputy Sanders said.
David Sanders waived extradition and was booked into the East Feliciana Parish Jail on a count of forcible rape. Additional charges will be filed as a result of a search of Sanders’ residence, the chief deputy said.