Carrasquillo could face charges today

June 8, 2009 9:44:33 AM PDT
Police could file charges today against the suspect in the rape of an 11-year-old Philadelphia girl. They could also be armed with a key piece of evidence. Last Monday surveillance video captured the prelude to one of the more disturbing crimes in recent memory.

An 11-year-old girl taking her sister to a day care on Kensington Avenue was sexually assaulted allegedly by the man seen walking with her on the surveillance video.

Police say moments later that man, Jose Carrasquillo, dragged the young victim down an alley and attacked her with such brutality that she had to undergo surgery at the hospital.

But this story took a dramatic turn the very next day when another camera recorded Carrasquillo's beating at the hands of incensed neighbors in West Kensington.

The suspect was then detained until police arrived a short time later to make the arrest.

Carrasquillo was hospitalized with head wounds and contusions and remained hospitalized until Thursday.

From there it was a direct trip to the Special Victim's Unit for DNA testing and questioning about a number of sexual assaults, including the one involving that innocent 11-year-old. This is of course assuming that the DNA tests end up linking Carrasquillo to the case.

Meantime, the two men who beat and captured Carrasquillo have been lauded by the city and given a monetary reward for their efforts totaling more than $11,000.

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