Police Hunt Bronx Man Who Allegedly Raped 12-year-old Girl After Luring Her into his SUV

Police are searching for a man accused of luring a 12-year-old girl to his car in the Bronx area of New York before driving her to a different neighborhood and raping her.

The New York Police Department released surveillance footage of the man they want to speak to in connection with the assault which occurred on the evening of January 4.

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According to the New York Daily News, the girl was with friends on the corner of Elder Avenue in Soundview at around 10:30 p.m. when a man pulled up in a dark-colored vehicle and convinced her to get in.

Police say the suspect then drove her to an area in Pelham Bay, where he raped her.

After being let go by the man, the victim went to a nearby hospital for treatment, where she is currently in a stable condition, reports NBC New York.

The suspect is described as bald, around 5-foot-8 and weighing around 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black shirt and a gold necklace.

The NYPD are offering a $2,500 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with any possible information are being asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

The City of New York recently announce recorded levels of reduced crime in 2018, including the lowest number of homicides in the modern era with 289.

Overall, New York also recorded its lowest number of index crimes in the modern era, with 1,245 fewer incidents compared to 97,089 in 2017.

The number of recorded rapes did increase significantly from 2017, rising more than 22 percent from the previous year. Figures showed there were 1,795 recorded rapes in the city during 2018, compared to 1,467 in 2017.

Elsewhere, the number of robberies, burglary and grand larceny autos were also down in 2018 compared to 2017.

“The skill and dedication of the men and women of the NYPD are keeping New York City the safest big city in America,” Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said after the figures were released.

“With stronger bonds of trust with the community created with neighborhood policing, a singular focus on violent crimes and those who commit them, and ever stronger coordination with our law enforcement partners, we can continue to drive crime down even lower in 2019."

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