Sex offender, 70, traps two young girls inside car in New York, molests one of them while the other manages to escape
Jose Bernard Perez is facing multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment over the incident.
BUSHWICK, NEW YORK: A 70-year-old New York man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly lured two young girls to his home under the pretext of selling them a bike, and then sexually abused one of them.
Jose Bernard Perez was arrested this past Sunday, July 21, after one of the victims complained about the incident to her parents, according to the New York Post.
The alleged incident took place on July 12 after Perez approached the two girls, aged just 9 and 11, as they were walking past his home on Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick.
He told them that he had a used bike to sell them and invited them to come and look at it. When they did, he forced both of them into a car and locked the doors.
The 9-year-old was able to escape the car and hide, but the older one remained trapped inside. Police said this was when Perez molested her.
After the incident, one of the girls told her mother about the incident, who then contacted the authorities and lodged a complaint.
Perez was subsequently arrested and charged with sex abuse, forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful imprisonment for the acts against the 11-year-old girl.
He was also charged with further counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment in connection to his treatment of the 9-year-old girl.
This is not the first time that Perez has found himself on the wrong side of the law either.
The 70-year-old is listed as a level-three sex offender in New York State's Division of Criminal Justice Sex Offender database — a level which designates that the offender's risk of committing sex crime is very high — and has two prior sex abuse cases.
His first run-in with the law came in 1994 when he was arrested and charged with sex abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
He was then arrested again in 1999 for locking a 14-year-old girl inside his garage for two hours and sexually abusing her.
As of Monday, July 22, he has not yet been arraigned in connection to his most recent charges.