An 11-year-old girl was raped by a suspected gang member in her Brooklyn home. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Tony Hisgett
A man accused of climbing through a window and raping an 11-year-old girl in her Brooklyn home has been arrested.
Brooklyn local Julio C. Ayala, 18, was charged with sex-motivated burglary, rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child. The suspect was arrested outside his home at Flatbush Avenue and Linden Boulevard – just six blocks away from the crime scene. Neighbors cheered as he was led by cops following a short foot chase.
“Everybody was happy, giving high fives to cops. They were happy that they got him,” one area resident said.
Another resident told the media, “When he came out they had to rush him out of the place to get him into the police car and get him out of there, otherwise I think they would have killed him.”
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According to authorities, the young victim was asleep at her home in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Ayala entered through her room’s second-floor window at around 11:30 p.m. and committed the heinous act. The man, later on, fled through the window, as confirmed by the NYPD.
The girl managed to call her parents, who then called 911. Police said she was taken to a nearby hospital and is now in stable condition.
Investigators told the press that the suspect left his Bulls hat behind the victim’s room. Ayala had reportedly forged a U.S. resident and Social Security card as well. Upon further investigation, law enforcement sources revealed to NBC 4 New York that he is a member of the notorious MS-13 gang.
Ayala lives in Brooklyn with his uncle, aunt and two cousins. He works as an employee at the air conditioning business owned by his uncle. His defense attorney argued that he was not likely to flee due to his strong ties to the community.
Although the girl was not able to identify Ayala in a line-up, he has already admitted to the rape. His lawyer said his only statement was that he has “never done anything like this before.”