Man wanted for rape beaten by mob

June 3, 2009 2:41:42 PM PDT
A man described by Philadelphia police as a person of interest in the rape of an 11-year-old girl is in custody after being beaten by an angry mob.Authorities say 26-year-old Jose Carrasquillo was grabbed by neighborhood residents Tuesday afternoon and beaten until police arrested him on an unrelated warrant. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. He was not immediately charged in the rape, which police say happened Monday morning in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Police say the girl was walking to school when a man approached her and threatened to shoot her, then made her walk about seven blocks before attacking her in an alley.

Now, Philadelphia police are investigating possible links between more sexual assault cases and Carrasquillo.

Carrasquillo was placed under arrest Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for a contempt of court charge from a previous case. There has been no arrest warrant issued for him in association with the rape. Officials are awaiting DNA test results before deciding if they should proceed with charges linked to the attack on the 11-year-old girl.

Police now tell Action News that they are investigating Carrasquillo's possible connections to at least 2 more sexual assault cases. One involving a woman, another involving a 15-year-old girl. Officers say that the victims in those crimes contacted police after Carrasquillo's photo was released as part of the investigation of the rape of an 11-year-old girl.

Surveillance video shows Carrasquillo walking on Front Street when residents spot him. They recognized him from photos put out by Philadelphia Police.

The residents then pummeled him to the ground. Carrasquillo was motionless until an officer spotted the beating. As more officers arrived, the crowd broke up.

Carrasquillo received numerous head injuries and was transported to Temple Hospital in critical condition.

Residents cheered police and high-fived each other when they showed up to arrest Carrasquillo.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Carrasquillo has more than a dozen convictions. He was also previously arrested for a sex crime, but the victim did not want to press charges.

His family says he just got out of prison two months ago, after serving six years behind bars.

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