QUEENS — A thief boosted an SUV from a Jamaica street and then tried to sexually assault a 13-year-old girl who was sleeping inside, according to police.
Kapri Dickson, 23, of South Jamaica, allegedly stole a 2002 Ford Explorer parked at Sutphin Boulevard and 109th Avenue in Jamaica.
Authorities said that the 28-year-old owner of the vehicle reported the theft around 6 p.m. on Thursday and said that his 13-year-old niece was sleeping in the car’s back seat when it was stolen.
Officers from the Queens Gang Squad located the vehicle shortly after near 147th Street and Rockaway Boulevard, about a mile-and-a-half away, and arrested Dickson, who was inside the car, according to police.
Police said that Dickson tried to sexually assault the teen in the back seat of the car, after he parked the vehicle near the intersection of Inwood Street and Linden Boulevard, but the victim started screaming and fought to push Dickson off her, police said.
According to the NYPD, Dickson then struck the girl in the face and threw her out of the car.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition, police said.
Dickson was charged with kidnapping, sex abuse, grand larceny auto and criminal possession of stolen property.
Police said Dickson was arrested in 2010 for possession of a controlled substance.