Suspect charged with rape in case of 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn: police

PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn — Police have charged a man with rape after he allegedly broke into a Brooklyn home and raped an 11-year-old girl, police said.

Julio C. Ayala, 18, of Brooklyn has been charged with rape, sex-motivated burglary, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

He was arraigned Sunday afternoon with a bail set at $500,000.

Citizen video captured by a witness shows crowds cheering as police took Ayala into custody from 830 Flatbush Ave. shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday. Police initially called Ayala a "person of interest," but formally charged him eight hours after questioning.

Officials said Ayala, who allegedly left his hat in the victim's room, told detectives he was in the girl's room.

Note: Video contains graphic language, viewer discretion is advised.

Police said at about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Ayala managed to gain access into a second-floor bedroom of a residence along Flatbush Avenue and Winthrop Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens through the window. Once he got inside, Ayala approached the girl who was sleeping in her bed and raped her.

The victim cried out for her parents, who called 911, but the teen managed to escape through the window.

According to authorities, the victim's brother was in the bottom bunk of the room where the rape occurred.

Video surveillance shows the alleged suspect walking in the vicinity following the incident.