• The unknown man forcefully removed the girl’s face mask after approaching her
  • The man stole the girl’s house key and a reusable grocery bag
  • The girl received treatment for a throat laceration

A man allegedly dragged an 11-year-old girl into an alley in New York and robbed her while making sexual threats.

In the incident which took place Sunday, the minor was walking to a grocery store near 86th Street and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens, when the man attacked her, police said.

The unknown man approached the girl, grabbed her by the throat, and forcefully removed her face mask. He then dragged the minor into an alley, threw her to the ground, and held a sharp metal object against her throat, the New York Post reported.

At this point, he made sexual threats to the girl and demanded to know her age, police said. The attacker then stole the victim’s house keys, $20, and a reusable grocery bag. Following the attack, the assailant fled the scene on foot with the girl’s belongings. He headed northbound on 86th Street, according to the report.

The victim was taken to a hospital where she was treated for a cut on her throat, WPIX-TV reported. The assailant still remains at large and police are looking for him.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Alternatively, the public can submit their tips onto the crime stopper website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

This news comes to light as the citywide crime rate soars. Earlier this month, four unknown assailants were accused of hitting a teen with a crowbar, throwing a glass bottle at him, and punching and kicking him in Brooklyn, WLNY reported.

A citywide crime statistic released by the NYPD for the month of May 2021 states that overall crime rose by 22% compared to the same time last year. Since the opening of the city in mid-May, New York City witnessed a 46.7% increase in robbery and a 20.5% increase in felony assault compared to last May 2020.

Last month, a child predator in Brooklyn lured young teenage girls into an apartment building using his dogs. He then inappropriately touched the teenagers and prevented a girl from escaping by taking away her things and positioning the dogs to guard the door.

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