An MS-13 gang member in New York City is under arrest for raping an 11-year-old girl in her bed, and cops say he is not an American citizen.
Julio Cesar Ayala was arrested Saturday night as the suspect in the rape of a Brooklyn girl who was attacked as she slept in her bed Wednesday evening in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.
Cops say Ayala is an immigrant from El Salvador and a member of the violent MS-13 gang. It appears he is here legally but is not a U.S. citizen. He has a permanent residency card, known as a “green card.”
Ayala lives near the victim, and reportedly climbed onto the roof of her apartment building and pushed aside the air conditioner in her window, allowing him to crawl inside. After raping her in her bed, the suspect crawled back out of the window when the girl cried for help. The mother then entered the room but Ayala was long gone.
Police were able to identify him using surveillance video from businesses around the apartment building.
On Saturday at 2:35 p.m., some 30 officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and the 70th Precinct converged on Ayala at his hideaway in an under-construction three-story building at 930 Flatbush Ave.
They pulled out the scrawny, hunched man, who was seen handcuffed and dressed in filthy black jeans and a red T-shirt.
Ayala — who police sources said carried a federal Permanent Resident Card, also known as a “Green Card,” as his only identification — was led struggling into a police SUV.
A high-level police source told The Post that investigators believe Ayala is a member of the violent MS-13 gang.
This screen capture from surveillance video helped nab Ayala.
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Cheers and taunts rose from a crowd of dozens of spectators as Ayala was hauled out. Some applauded and took cellphone pictures.
“They got him!” one man yelled.
“He raped somebody, an 11-year-old girl,” another onlooker said.
Ayala was charged Saturday night with sexually motivated burglary and first-degree rape.
He has no previous criminal record, sources said.
The arrest comes just days after another MS-13 member was arrested on Long Island in connection with a murder of a teenager.
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The arrest has rattled the neighborhood in which Ayala lived.
The crime shocked residents in the girl’s tidy neighborhood of two- and three-story homes.
“That makes me feel unsafe in my own home,” said Elizabeth Bardourilla, 42, a mental-health counselor.
“That child can’t help herself. For a grown man to do that. Sick. Very sick. This is sad. Just sad.”
“That’s horrible,” added David Cadogan, 40, a paramedic.
“I got a son and nieces. I don’t play with stuff like that. There’s past a point where you tolerate certain behaviors.
“I know people want to wait on the law. But if anything happens to him between now and then, I honestly don’t care. He gets what he deserves.”
Fox News explored the MS-13 problem, which has seen several high-profile arrests in recent days.
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