NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a suspect who they said sexually attacked a 12-year-old girl after luring her into his car.
It happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the corner of Lincoln Street and 116 Avenue in the Ozone Park section of Queens.
Police said the girl was on the street with two other girls when the suspect walked up and started talking to them. Police said he told the girl she was pretty and that she would make a good model, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
The man also told the girls he knew rapper Nikki Minaj and then took photos of them, sources told CBS 2. He told the victim she was the prettiest of the three and asked her if she wanted to meet Minaj, sources said.
That’s when the girl got into his vehicle and they drove to a nearby location where he exposed himself and committed a criminal sex act, police said.
The girl managed to escape and ran to friend’s house nearby and called 911. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.
Police released a sketch of the suspect and surveillance images of his car.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, standing about 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds and having black hair, brown eyes and a scruffy beard, police said.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white undershirt, red jacket, red sneakers, a red and white baseball cap and a silver chain hanging to his waist, police said.
His car is described as a silver, four-door SUV and was seen approaching 116 Avenue from Lincoln Street and then making a right turn onto 116 Avenue.
Ozone Park residents couldn’t believe such an attack could happen there.
“It’s not even the neighborhood for that,” one man told CBS 2′s Steve Langford. “No kids don’t get raped or nothing like that around here.”
“Sick,” another man said. “It’s just wrong to do.”
Others, however, said the girl should have known better.
“I don’t know why she would get in the car, though,” one resident said.
“You don’t get in no stranger’s vehicle,” added a mother who was picking up her child at P.S. 155, two blocks from where the attack occurred.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477, visit CrimeStoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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