Debby Schamber – For The Record

An Orange man, Samuel Cecil Sanchez III, 34, was arrested Saturday after an altercation at the Orange Boat Ramp, but this was not his first time to be arrested or put in jail.

The most recent chain of events began when two parties were attempting to both take their boats out of the water. Harsh words were exchanged that turned violent. The victim was struck by Sanchez which knocked him to the ground. As the victim was attempting to get up Sanchez pulled out a knife to use on 50-year-old Brian Gordy. As a result, Gordy received a stab wound to his neck and an injury to his face.

Sanchez disposed of the knife by throwing it into the water before police arrived. However, members of the Orange Fire Department were able to locate it in the water.

Gordy was transported to Baptist Hospital Orange with non-life threatening injuries.

Sanchez was transported to the Orange County Jail and charged with aggravated assault which is a second degree felony and punishable by up to 20 years in prison. However, he is not eligible for bond since he is being held on a parole violation.

Although this altercation did not result in a death, another incident involving Sanchez resulted in the death of Daryl King in July 2015.

At around 6 a.m. in July 2015,  deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in the 5200 block of Avenue A off of Tulane in the McLewis area. When they arrived they found Daryl King, 37, with a single gun shot wound to his leg which had caused extensive damage. He was transported to a Beaumont hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The case remains under investigation while investigators await lab work to return. At the time Sanchez cooperated with detectives while they worked to determine what occurred and led to King being shot. Sanchez has not been charged in the case.

However, Sanchez has several other convictions. He was convicted in Orange County of burglary in 2001 which is a state jail felony. In 2003 he committed another state jail felony on the charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Sanchez was convicted of another state jail felony of theft in 2004. He also has a prior charge and conviction of aggravated assault along with failure to stop and render aid in 2011. During this time he has also committed several misdemeanors such as driving while intoxicated, evading arrest and failure to stop and give information.

Sanchez was sentenced to time in prison in 2002 and after serving the required time he was later released and placed on parole.