Suspect surrenders in groping of girl, 12, in Tacony section of Philadelphia

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Suspect surrenders in groping of girl, 12, in Tacony. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on November 29, 2018.

The suspect being sought for the groping of a 12-year-old girl in the Tacony section of Philadelphia has surrendered to police.

29-year-old Joshua Pereirra-Lopez from the 4500 block of Higbee Street turned himself in around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. He is charged with Indecent Assault, Terroristic Threats, and Simple Assault.

Joshua Pereirra-Lopez


The incident happened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday in the 4600 block of Longshore Avenue, about one mile from Pereirra-Lopez's home.

The young girl was walking to Keystone Academy Charter School when she was attacked from behind, according to sources.

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Surveillance video depicts a girl talking on the phone. She is followed by a man who grabs her from behind, under her school uniform.

She turns back to yell at the man who stops. The young girl then runs away.

It is this video evidence that helped detectives in the Special Victim's Unit identify the suspect, who drove from the scene in a dark-colored sedan.

Hours later, police towed the car from the 4500 block of Higbee Street.

At a news conference Thursday, Philadelphia police Captain Sekou Kinebrew told us the ongoing investigation has revealed even worse details.

"We later learned that during that time he threatened to kill her. Which is why the video depicts her turning around and running the other way," said Captain Kinebrew.

Kinebrew says more surveillance cameras captured Pereirra-Lopez fleeing the scene.

"During the course of the investigation they were able to recover other video that would track the person's movements," he said.

Though he's been captured, we met parents and guardians who chose to walk their child to Keystone Academy Thursday morning.

Aida Diaz of Tacony said, "We're not safe anymore, anywhere."

Some parents say they want a swift and servere punishment.

"In a jail cell forever, jail ain't no joke but he need to do some jail time." said Shakira Andrews of Tacony.

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