Boy, 12, reports sex assault in South Street Seaport bathroom

Credit: Google Images
A 12-year-old boy was reportedly sexually assaulted at South Street Seaport. Credit: Getty Images

A 12-year-old boy has reportedly told police he was raped in a bathroom at the South Street Seaport shopping complex yesterday.

Cops said the boy spent the afternoon shopping with his grandmother. At around 7 p.m. they sat down in the third floor food court. The boy went to a bathroom on the second floor about half an hour later.

The boy reportedly told police the bathroom was empty when he entered but as he approached a urinal a man came up to him and pulled him into a bathroom stall.

The man then allegedly performed oral sex on the boy. The boy told police it lasted only “seconds” before he backed away and left the bathroom. He said he and the suspect never exchanged words.

The boy reported the alleged attack to his grandmother after some hesitation. They reportedly discussed what to do and eventually approached a security guard and told him what happened, and the guard called 911.

Police said responding officers inquired after surveillance camera footage, but the mall’s security director told them many of the mall’s cameras are still out of service since Hurricane Sandy. He gave investigators what footage he did have, and police reportedly plan to seek footage from individual stores today.

The boy described his attacker as having olive or tan skin, dark hair with some bald spots, and a light-colored beard. He said the man was wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweatpants.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.