Man charged in Queens park child sexual assault: What we know

The NYPD arrested and charged the suspect in connection to the NYC sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl last week in Queens.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, police announced the arrest of Christian Inga, 25, of Queens, and charged him with the following:

  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Sex Abuse
  • Menacing
  • Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Act in a Manner Injurious to a Child
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon

Who is Christian Inga?

According to police, Inga is an Ecuadorian migrant who entered the country illegally. He has no prior arrests in New York City, but has been involved with the NYPD at least three times, including a domestic violence incident. He was arrested before in Texas. 

"His arrival through the country is consistent through a path a migrant would take. He comes through Eagle Pass, Tx where he is detained and placed under arrest for entering the county illegally," Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said. "He arrived here three years ago with a three-year-old."

Inga was recognized from the wanted flyers by other residents living in the same Queens migrant shelter, who then called the cops, the New York Post reported.

Timeline of the attack

The attack happened last Thursday around 3:30 p.m. in Kissena Park, near Colden Street and Kalmia Avenue in the Flushing section.

According to police, two friends – a 13-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl – were playing in the park when a man approached. 

Authorities say the man showed them a knife and forced them into a wooded area. He tied them up, took their cell phones and sexually assaulted the girl before fleeing, police said.

The kids were able to get free and run to the school across the street, which called 911. They were taken to a hospital in stable condition. A manhunt has been underway since the sexual assault.

The NYPD told FOX 5 NY that several cameras have now been permanently installed inside and outside the park.