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- A man raped an 11-year-old girl after crawling through her bedroom window
- The girl was sleeping in her bed at her home in Brooklyn when the man gained access to her second-floor window
- The man was taken into custody about six blocks away from the attack
A suspect accused of climbing through a window and raping an 11-year-old girl inside her Brooklyn home was in arrested Saturday to the cheering of neighbors, police said.
Julio C. Ayala, 18, of Brooklyn, was charged with rape, sex-motivated burglary, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child, the NYPD said.
He was arrested at Flatbush Avenue and Linden Boulevard, outside his home and about six blocks from where the girl was attacked.
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A crowd formed as he led police on a brief foot chase, then hid in a construction site. When officers pulled him out, the neighbors cheered.
Police say the girl was asleep at her home in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when the man climbed through her a second-floor window and crept into her room, police said.
He had climbed on a roof a few blocks away, then dropped down to her bedroom window and pushed through the air conditioning, police said.
The man then raped the girl and fled through the window, the NYPD said.
The girl called for her parents, who called 911, police said. She was taken to a hospital in stable condition, according to police.
It wasn't clear whether Ayala had an attorney.