A Cabool man faces a felony sexual abuse charge after an incident Oct. 30 in which he allegedly brandished a knife and made inappropriate contact with a female victim.

According to a probable cause statement submitted to the county prosecutor by a Cabool Police Department officer, he responded to a call regarding a man brandishing a knife at housing on Apartment Drive. The caller reportedly named the knife-wielding suspect and said he left the scene heading east on Business U.S. 60.

After searching the area, the officer was unable to locate the suspect, but made contact with the female victim who described a scenario in which the two were in a car and he had tried to steal her wallet and touched her inappropriately. During the scuffle in the car, the woman’s two children reportedly were caused to be upset and began crying.

The victim told the officer the suspect got out of the car at the apartment, and she told him she was going to the police station to report the incident. The report said she stated he then pulled out a knife, opened the blade, pointed it at a person at the scene and stated he wasn’t afraid.

Texas County prosecuting attorney Parke Stevens Jr. on Nov. 1 filed a first-degree sexual abuse charge against the suspect, Wesley E. Sartor III, 25, of 4 Cabool Apartment Drive in Cabool. Sartor was arrested Thursday (Nov. 17) at the private probation and parole office in Houston by a local police officer who had been advised he was there.

Sartor also had a second Texas County felony warrant for driving while intoxicated – persistent offender, driving while suspended and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Texas County Jail. The sex abuse charge carried a $250,000 bond and the DWI charge had no bond.

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