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Long Island teenager, 14 is arrested for ‘breaking into a 23-year-old mother’s home and raping her in front of her daughter, 4, before strangling his victim and stabbing her in the chest with a switchblade’

  • The 14-year-old, who won’t be named because he is a minor, allegedly broke in the Mastic Beach home on April 19 
  • Investigators said the mother, 23, heard noises and locked herself and her four-year-old daughter inside an upstairs bedroom
  • The teen’s accomplice reportedly gathered items to steal while the 14-year-old allegedly raped the mother in front of her child and slashed her face 
  • He is also accused of strangling her and stabbing her chest 
  • The teenager was taken into custody on April 20 and charged with rape, criminal sexual act, assault, burglary, sexual abuse and strangulation
  • The teenager has pleaded not guilty to all the counts he was charged with
  • He will be tried as a juvenile and faces a maximum prison penalty of ten years 

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly raping a young mother in front of her toddler during a terrifying home invasion in Long Island. 

The 14-year-old, whose name will not be released because he is a minor, reportedly broke in the Mastic Beach home on April 19 with an accomplice. 

Investigators said the mother, 23, heard noises from downstairs and locked herself and her four-year-old daughter inside an upstairs bedroom. 

The alleged rapist and his accomplice, who has yet to be arrested, then broke down the door and began the terrorizing attack, Suffolk County authorities have said.

The accomplice allegedly gathered items to steal while the 14-year-old reportedly raped the mother in front of her child. He also allegedly strangled her, slashed her face with a switchblade and stabbed her in the chest.

After the two suspects fled the scene, the distraught mother ran for help to a neighbor’s home with her child in arms. 

‘I thought they were playing ’til I realized the woman… was bleeding from her head bad. Like, her whole body covered with blood,’ neighbor Dennis Naughton told CBS

‘[I] put some towels and stuff on her until the bleeding stopped and gave her some clothes…because she had pretty much almost nothing on and the kid was freezing.’

The teenager was taken into custody on April 20 and charged with rape, criminal sexual act, assault, burglary, sexual abuse, strangulation and endangering the welfare of a child. 

A 14-year-old, whose name will not be released because he is a minor, and an accomplice that has yet to be arrested broke in a Mastic Beach home on April 19. The minor allegedly raped a 23-year-old mother in front of her daughter, 4, while the accomplice gathered items to steal, police said

A 14-year-old, whose name will not be released because he is a minor, and an accomplice that has yet to be arrested broke in a Mastic Beach home on April 19. The minor allegedly raped a 23-year-old mother in front of her daughter, 4, while the accomplice gathered items to steal, police said

After the two suspects fled the scene, the distraught mother ran for help to  neighbor Dennis Naughton's home with her child in arms

After the two suspects fled the scene, the distraught mother ran for help to  neighbor Dennis Naughton’s home with her child in arms

After the traumatic experience, the young mother was taken to a hospital, where she received staples in the chest, head and face and was also treated for emotional distress.

She has since moved from the Mastic Beach home where she lived the terror. 

Police distributed surveillance video that showed the two suspects walking around the neighborhood before breaking in the house. 

They were described as black, one wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with a white strip. The other suspect was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and light-colored pants. 

Authorities received tips and used DNA evidence to link the suspect to the violent crime. 

The teenager has pleaded not guilty to all the counts he was charged with. He will be tried as a juvenile and faces a maximum prison penalty of  ten years. 

‘My client maintains his innocence and denies these charges,’ the suspect’s lawyer, Christopher Gioe, told The New York Post.

‘We’re just beginning our investigation into these allegations now and intend on fighting the charges.’

Police distributed surveillance video that showed the two suspects walking around the neighborhood before breaking in the house

Police distributed surveillance video that showed the two suspects walking around the neighborhood before breaking in the house

The suspects were described as black, one wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with a white strip. The other suspect was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and light-colored pants. The alleged rapist's accomplice has yet to be arrested

The suspects were described as black, one wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with a white strip. The other suspect was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and light-colored pants. The alleged rapist’s accomplice has yet to be arrested 

According to authorities, the victim and her 4-year-old daughter were alone at the home when they heard noises around 4pm on April 19. 

The victim first thought that the noise downstairs was her husband coming back early from work.

She later locked herself in the room with her child but the suspects then broke down the door.

‘The defendant, who was armed with a knife, began to rape the victim in front of her daughter,’ Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said. 

After the rape, the suspects fled with money and property, police said.  

The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after running to a neighbor’s house. 

‘Aside from the extreme violence of the criminal activity, what makes this case so shocking is the age of the defendant who is accused of committing such callous and violent crimes,’ Tierney said.  

The accomplice of the alleged rapist has yet to be apprehended. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the males involved.

‘One on the loose and nobody’s talking. Somebody knows something … And that person, whoever it is that’s hiding them, I’m sorry, they should be convicted of it as well,’ Mastic Beach resident Laura Levay told CBS. 

Police have asked anyone with information to call the Special Victims Section at (631) 852-8791 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. 

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