Kennewick police arrest alleged child rapist

Kennewick police arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a child. 

Louis Noberto Mendez, 41, was booked at the Benton County Jail early Monday morning. 

Sgt. Aaron Clem said Mendez was arrested after the child reported him to a family friend, who took the child to a local hospital and called the police.

Clem said the suspect is known to the child. 

Mendez is being held at the jail on suspicion of third-degree rape of a child on a 72-hour hold. 

During that time, the Benton County Prosecutor's Office will determine whether to file charges against him. 

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