Sketch released of sex assault suspect

Victim a 14-year-old boy
February 21, 2008 6:35:09 PM PST
Police on Thursday released a sketch of the man wanted in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy in New Rochelle.Police say the teenager escaped after being brutally attacked at knife-point.

Eyewitness News reporter Marcus Solis has the story.

Police say that the victim's account is very credible, and so a major investigation is underway. Authorities say the boy was abducted off a busy street in the broad daylight. Amazingly, there were no witnesses.

The boy was able to give police a detailed description.

"This is a definite criminal act that we have," New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll said. "And a definite victim involved."

And with that, Carroll confirmed a parent's worst fear: the abduction and sexual assault of a teenager.

It happened Tuesday afternoon. Police say the victim was accosted at the corner of North Avenue and Garden Street and forced, at knife-point, into a white van.

"And drove him to a location in New Rochelle where he physically and sexually assaulted the 14-year-old," Carroll said.

Police will not say where the assault took place or where the boy was eventually dropped off, but a crime scene was established on Manhattan Avenue Tuesday night.

Investigators spent hours looking for evidence, while residents of the block near the New England Thruway expressed surprise.

"We don't usually see stuff like this around this area," New Rochelle resident Erik Pierorazio said. "It's a quiet area. People tend to keep to themselves. I haven't heard of any real major incidents happening."

Police have released a description of who they're looking for. The suspect is described as a black man between 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-7 with a stocky build, possibly overweight. He has a full beard and tattoo of a heart on his upper left leg. He was wearing blue work pants, a gray down jacket and Timberland boots.

As for the victim, he was taken to a hospital and is said to be OK. He is with his family.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 914-654-2263.