A Bronx man is accused of grabbing a 12-year-old girl on the street last summer, putting a gun to her head and dragging her to the back of a nearby home, where he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors say.
Malcolm Lugo, 20, was indicted Tuesday on predatory sexual assault and other charges in the Aug. 13 attack in Concourse Village, the Bronx district attorney's office says.
"An act of violence against a child is the worst imaginable crime and one of sexual violence is especially heartbreaking," said DA Darcel D. Clark in a statement. "The defendant faces life behind bars, a sentence worthy of the brutal crime he is charged of committing."
Lugo followed a girl walking back from a local store and approached her near Weeks Avenue and East 173rd Street, prosecutors said. He allegedly put a gun to her head and dragged her into a nearby alley, where he sexually assaulted her.
He threatened her, telling her, "I know where your family is" and "I'll kill them all," then fled.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect shortly after the attack; Lugo was located in Massachusetts.
He was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court Tuesday and remanded back to jail until his next court date in February 2018. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the top charge.