A suspected member of the street gang MS-13 was arrested Saturday for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn.
“The suspect — identified by police sources as El Salvadoran immigrant Julio Cesar Ayala, 18, who lives nearby — had allegedly climbed onto the roof of the girl’s apartment building,” according to the New York Post. “He then somehow shoved aside the girl’s window air conditioner on the second floor and crawled inside through the opening, police sources said.”
Ayala fled the scene as the girl screamed for her mother, but was captured on surveillance footage, which police used to track him down.
“On Saturday at 2:35 p.m., some 30 officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and the 70th Precinct converged on Ayala at his hideaway in an under-construction three-story building at 930 Flatbush Ave.,” according to the Post. “They pulled out the scrawny, hunched man, who was seen handcuffed and dressed in filthy black jeans and a red T-shirt.”
He is a permanent resident of the United States, holding a Green Card.
The Post reported that residents of the usually-quiet neighborhood were shocked about the crime, which allegedly took place on Wednesday night. They gathered together and cheered as police officers hauled Ayala out of his home and into custody.
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