Julio Ayala, 18, was arrested and charged with rape, burglary and sexual abuse late Saturday night. According to a high ranking police source, Ayala is from El Salvador and is an MS-13 gang member.
Police say on Wednesday night, Ayala managed to gain access through a window to the victim's second-floor bedroom in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Once inside, officials say Ayala approached the victim while she was sleeping, and raped her.
In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the suspect's cousin, Karen Ayala says that was not the man they knew.
"I don't think he's capable of doing that. There's children living in this household as well," she said.
His cousin adds that Ayala works in construction and his mother lives in his home country of El Salvador.
Sources say police then followed Ayala using video footage and traced him back to his home - from there, he fled to a construction site.
An angry mob that surrounded the location where Ayala was cornered erupted in cheers when he was captured, about five blocks away from where the crime happened.
"Everybody was happy, giving high fives to cops. They were happy that they got him," said one area resident.
"When he came out they had to rush him out of the place to get him into the police car and get him out of there, otherwise I think they would have killed him," another resident said.
The victim was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.
It does not appear the suspect and the victim knew each other.
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