Saturday night on the Lower East side of Manhattan a disgusting act was perpetuated on a 6-yr-old girl that started a huge search across the borough to find him. NYPD appealed to the public in trying to track down an alleged pervert who exposed himself to a little girl, urging them to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers if they found dark-skinned male who was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and black baseball hat. Luckily the culprit was caught on surveillance video wandering in the apartment’s hallway before turning a corner and moving out of the camera’s view.
They released footage of the man showing him entering the hallway, going up some stairs, and then returning back down and leaving. The incident occurred in the hallway of an apartment building in the Lower East Side on Saturday. A male allegedly exposed himself to the child then rubbed his penis on her face, police said. It happened about 8 p.m. Saturday in the first-floor stairwell of an apartment building on Henry Street. It’s unclear whether the attacker had access to the building, or if he snuck in.
Luckily the footage led police to teenager, Christian Pena of Manhattan. An astute subway rider helped cops catch the wanted teen Chinatown. She spotted the suspect on a 2 train platform at 149th St. and Third Ave. in the Bronx, police said. She snapped a picture, then ran outside and flagged down the first cop she saw, telling the officer she’d seen a wanted man, police said.
He was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of the 6-year-old girl and is facing criminal sex act, sex abuse and child endangerment charges. Pena has been arrested 9 times.