Police arrested a 14-year-old boy as a suspect in the brutal rape and stabbing of a mom in Long Island, New York.
The harrowing incident unfolded on April 19 at about 3:15 p.m. when the 23-year-old mother heard noises downstairs at her home and assumed her husband had arrived home.
Instead, police said two males had broken into the Mastic Beach home through a kitchen window. The mother hid upstairs with her 4-year-old daughter.
When the two made their way upstairs looking for items to steal, they broke through the locked door and found the mother and her child hiding.
The younger male then brutally raped the woman in front of her daughter. He was armed with a knife at the time and also strangled her, stabbed her in the chest, and slashed across her head.
She ran outside for help, and they fled on foot.
Neighbors said that they saw the victim after the assault.
"She was bleeding from her head and her chest," said neighbor Dennis Naughton. "So I brought her on the deck and got some towels and called 911."
She was taken to a hospital but her injuries were non-life threatening.
Police later announced the shocking arrest of a 14-year-old male. He was arrested two days later for a separate crime and confessed to the home invasion crimes, according to police. A DNA sample from the suspect matched that which was found on the victim, police said.
An accomplice is still at large and being sought by the police. His identity is known to them.
People in the neighborhood said the incident has shocked and frightened them.
"Of course, we are on edge. We want to make sure no one is following us, that we are keeping our doors locked," said Jeanne Romaine, a neighbor of the victim.
Because of the suspect's age, he faces a sentence of only 10 years for the crimes.
Here's a local news video about the incident:
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