A man described by Philadelphia police as a person of interest in the rape of an 11-year-old girl is in custody after being beaten by an angry mob.
Authorities say the 26-year-old man was grabbed by neighborhood residents Tuesday afternoon and beaten until police arrested him on an unrelated warrant. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. He was not immediately charged in the rape, which police say happened Monday morning in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Police say the girl was walking to school when a man approached her and threatened to shoot her, then made her walk about seven blocks before attacking her in an alley.
Officials say 26-year-old Jose Carrasquillo of
North Philadelphia was taken into custody at Front and Clearfield after
being grabbed and roughed up by neighborhood residents who held him
until police arrived.
Carrasquillo was listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
Capt. John Darby of the police department’s Special Victims Unit says the girl had just dropped off a younger sibling at daycare about 8:20am when she was approached by a white male in his 20s (depicted in sketch at right) with black hair and facial hair, wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts with red and white stripes.
Darby says the man started walking beside the girl, then told her he had a gun and threatened her if she did not cooperate.
Darby says the attacker forced his young victim to walk with him from the 3000 block of Kensington Avenue and through an alley off the 2000 block of E. Westmoreland Street to a back yard, where he raped her repeatedly.
Officials say the girl was so severely injured that she had to undergo surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.