NBC 4 New York
Police are looking for a man who walked into a Queens apartment building Monday evening and sexually abused a 4-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl in the laundry room before running off. News 4's Ida Siegal reports.
Police are looking for a man who walked into a Queens apartment building Monday evening and sexually abused a 4-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl in the laundry room before running off.
Authorities say the man entered the building in Jackson Heights shortly after 7 p.m., assaulted the girls and ran away.
The building superintendent, who did not want his name used out of fear of retribution, told NBC 4 New York the father of the girls called him when the assault happened.
"He was saying somebody pulled her to the laundry and was touching her," he said.
The building's web of security cameras caught the suspect as he appeared to beckon the girls over, allegedly with promises of money and candy. The girls followed him into the laundry room.
Parents in the building, filled with families, were shaken by the news.
"We know the people here, most are from Bangladesh," said neighbor Mona Hossain. "We know each other, and we shouldn't allow other people in from the outside."
"It's so scary," she said.
Posters of the man were hung all across the lobby.
He's described as being about 35 to 45 years old and was wearing a blue and white striped zip-up hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.