A suspected MS-13 gang member allegedly broke into a Bronx apartment and raped an 11-year-old girl while she was sleeping in her bedroom, the New York Post reported.
When did this happen?
The crime happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, police told the news outlet. The suspect was identified as El Salvadoran immigrant Julio Cesar Ayala, 18, who lives nearby. Ayala allegedly climbed onto the roof of the girl’s apartment building, pushed aside an air conditioning unit in a window and crawled in through the opening, according to police.
Then he raped the girl in her own bed.
Ayala allegedly rushed back through the opening as the girl screamed for her mother. The mother called 911 but was unable to get a good look at her daughter’s attacker, according to the report.
Police hunted him down by using images captured by video surveillance cameras.
A total of about 30 officers from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit and the 70th Precinct found Ayala at his hideout located in an under-construction three-story building at 930 Flatbush Avenue.
According to the New York Post’s account, Ayala was a “scrawny, hunched man,” wearing “filthy black jeans and a red T-shirt.”
Ayala had a federal permanent resident card, also known as a Green Card, as his only identification, according to the report.
Police told the New York Post that Ayala is believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang. President Donald Trump has made a case for tightening the U.S. borders in an effort to help stop the violent gang members from filtering into the country.
Was he arrested?
As Ayala was hauled off in handcuffs, a round of cheers and taunts were heard from a group of onlookers, according to the report. Some of them applauded and took cell phone photos of him.
“They got him!” one of the onlookers yelled.
Ayala was charged Saturday night with sexually-motivated burglary and first-degree rape, according to the report. He reportedly has no prior criminal record.
Residents in the well-kept neighborhood of two- and three-story homes were shocked to hear about the crime, the report states.
“That makes me feel unsafe in my own home,”Elizabeth Bardourilla, 42, a mental-health counselor, told the news outlet. “That child can’t help herself. For a grown man to do that. Sick. Very sick. This is sad. Just sad.”