Suspected MS 13 gang member who allegedly broke into 11-year-old girl's bedroom and assaulted her is arrested
The suspect, an 18-year-old El Salvadorian immigrant, allegedly climbed onto the roof of the girl's apartment and then entered the girl's room through a gap in the AC unit.
A man, suspected to be a member of the MS-13 gang, allegedly broke into the bedroom of a sleeping eleven-year-old girl and raped her in her bed in Brooklyn, local police said on Saturday. Reports state that the 18-year-old suspect, identified as Julio Cesar Ayala, was detained days after the incident by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and was charged with first-degree rape and sexually motivated burglary. The suspect, an El Salvadorian immigrant, allegedly climbed onto the roof of the girl's apartment building Prospect-Lefferts Gardens on Wednesday at around 11:30 pm. He then climbed through the girl's window on the second floor by squeezing through a narrow gap next to an air conditioning unit, according to the New York Post.
Ayala then raped the girl and rushed back out of the window when she screamed for her mother, reports state. The mother rushed to the girl's room, however, she did not spot Ayala and called the police. The officials zeroed-in on Ayala after watching a video-surveillance footage in the area.
NYPD's Emergency Service Unit and the 70th Precinct officers then launched a raid at the suspect's hideaway at an under-construction building at 930 Flatbush Avenue. The suspect was later spotted being pulled from the location, wearing a red t-shirt and dirty black jeans. Reports state that Ayala has a green card and has no previous criminal record. However, a high-level police source believed that he could be a member of the MS-13 gang. It was not clear whether the suspect had an attorney.
A mental-health counselor and resident of the region where the girl lives in, 42-year-old Elizabeth Bardourilla said: "That makes me feel unsafe in my own home. That child can't help herself. For a grown man to do that. Sick. Very sick. This is sad. Just sad."
The girl was rushed to a local hospital and her condition is believed to be stable now, NBC New York reported.