MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — In a rambling handwritten letter released Thursday, a teenage pizza delivery-boy allegedly confessed to raping an Upper West Side woman in her apartment while her child slept beside her.
The spelling error-riddled confession from Cesar Lucas, 16, was released after he was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on charges charges of rape, burglary, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He faces 25 years in prison if convicted.
Lucas, of The Bronx, had been delivering pizza to another apartment in the West 61st Street building before finding the 35-year-old victim’s door unlocked, stealing her iPhone and sexually assaulting her as she slept beside her 7-year-old daughter Sept. 28, authorities said.
In the confession, most of which was written in the third person, Lucas wrote that he “unrap her [the victim] from all the coushing[cushions] she had on top of her” and had sex with the woman for “two minutes.”
After the attack, Lucas left the building, saying he “was really pretty scare[sic] because she was drunk and kind ah took advantage of her. So I just got on my bike and left to the pizzeria back again.”
Prosecutors told a very different tale of the attack, saying Lucas covered the terrified victim's mouth to muffle her screams during the assault. He fled once the victim eventually managed to fight him off, telling her “I’m sorry” before leaving, officials said.
Lucas pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday. He is being held without bail.
The alleged victim has since filed a civil suit related to the attack that names her apartment building’s management, its co-op board, the doorman working the night of the alleged rape and the suspect's employer, Sal’s Pizzeria.
Last month, Lucas was indicted on unrelated burglary charge.
He is being held without bail on the rape charge and is due back in court Jan. 22.