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Man Arrested for Raping 11-Year-Old Girl in Bronx Park, NYPD Says

By Aidan Gardiner | August 18, 2017 12:21pm
 The girl managed to escape Javier Lopez-Bautista and find police, who arrested him, police said.
The girl managed to escape Javier Lopez-Bautista and find police, who arrested him, police said.
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THE BRONX — An 11-year-old girl managed to escape a man who raped her in a Mott Haven park after asking if she wanted to play and then telling her, "you're not going anywhere," police said.

The girl was in St. Mary's Park near St. Anne Avenue and East 146th Street about 8:30 p.m. when Javier Lopez-Bautista, 44, rode by and stared at her, police said.

Lopez-Bautista, of Fordham, asked the girl her name, where she lived, how old she was and if she wanted to play, the NYPD said.

When she answered and tried to walk away, Lopez-Bautista grabbed her hand and said, "you're not going anywhere," according to police.

Lopez-Bautista then forced her to the ground and raped her, police said.

She shouted that someone was coming, which startled Lopez-Bautista enough that she had a moment to pull up her pants and flee, police said.

She managed to track down police officers, who then canvassed the area with her until she pointed out her attacker, who was arrested, police said.

He hadn't been arraigned as of Friday morning, records show.