NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The PlayPlace at McDonald’s is supposed to be a joyful enclosure where children laugh and play, but on Tuesday night in Queens one such play area was the site of unspeakable horror.
As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Wednesday, police have been looking for a suspect who they say sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl in a PlayPlace at the McDonald’s in the Jamaica section of the borough. The PlayPlace has been closed ever since.READ MORE: Can New York City Enforce Its COVID Vaccine Mandate On Private And Religious Schools?
On Wednesday night, police were combing the neighborhood and blanketing the streets with flyers bearing a surveillance image of the face of a man they said was the brazen child predator.
Parents and customers inside the McDonald’s at 181-25 Hillside Ave. were outraged.
“What he did is horrible – disgusting person,” said Rudolph Thurman of Jamaica.
“My blood is boiling at this point. It’s not even about stomach turning,” said McDonald’s customer Katherine Schillingford. “I’m totally angry.”
“It brings tears to your eyes, something like that,” parent Omar Lawrence told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
It happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the suspect assaulted the girl inside the tubular play structure.
Sources said the victim and her brother were playing inside when the suspect carefully positioned himself in a way their mother could not see him, CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported.
The little girl ignored him at first, but then he grabbed her and started attacking, according to sources.