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FLUSHING — A Flushing man has been charged with sexual assault and robbery of a 12-year-old after an attack in Bowne Park last week, the Queens district attorney said.

The suspect has been identified as Soloman Hudgins, 24, of Flushing, the DA said. He is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of sexual abuse, robbery and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the district attorney’s office. Hudgins faces up to seven year in prison if convicted.

The attack took place at the intersection of Bowne Street and Sanford Avenue in front of the Bowne Park playground early on the morning of July 20. The victim was waiting for friends when she was allegedly jumped from behind by Hudgins and pulled down to ground. She tried to call for help, but Hudgins pulled at her clothes, opened her shorts and sexually abused her, according to Queens DA Richard Brown.

The victim also tried to use her phone to call for help, but Hudgins allegedly took her phone. He also is charged with pulling off her shoes and taking two packs of cigarettes and a lighter from the victim before leaving the park, prosecutors said. During the struggle Hudgins dropped his wallet, which contained his ID and was brought to police by the victim, the DA said.

“No person, young or old, male or female, should have to worry about fending off a sexual attack on the streets of our city at any time of the day or night,” Brown said. “The offenses of which the defendant has been charged are crimes of violence that pose a serious threat to public safety and which warrant vigorous prosecution.”

Another attack took place in Bowne Park. On July 14 at around 8 p.m., an unidentified male approached an 8-year-old who was with his mother, NYPD said. The man allegedly picked the child up while grabbing and squeezing his chest, according to police. The man is described as Chinese with black hair. He speaks fluent Mandarin. He was accompanied by a female toddler. The police were searching for the man for endangering the welfare of a child.

Anyone with information can call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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mom from flushing says:
send this guy packing... right back to China... probably here illegally.... maybe the donald should look right under his nose... illegal criminals here in Flushing....
July 29, 2016, 9:35 am
Sarah from Flushing says:
This is sick...I don't let my daughters go to parks and if they are always by me ..I watch everyone around me and them..
July 31, 2016, 10:48 pm
The Pale Orc from Middle Earth says:
We must secure the existence of our race, and a future for white children. Sending this degenerate back to it's country of origin is too good for it....
Aug. 2, 2016, 4:11 pm
GY from Flushing says:
Unfortunately plenty of attacks against children are reported in the US, primarily carried out by US citizens. No ethnic group is "safe" for a child to be around with no risk of abuse or attack.
Educate all children about the risk and all should take basic safety precautions, be aware of your surroundings and avoid being alone in parks or to venture there after dusk.
Pedophiles look like any one of us.
Shame to the racist internet trolls exploiting a tragic occurrence to rile up the locals.
Aug. 9, 2016, 12:35 pm
PH from SoCal from Woodland says:
Another issue here is that she was only 12, out by herself at dawn, and had 2 packs of cigarettes. Where were the parents?
And please, keep your racism where it belongs, like in the gutter or the WH
Sept. 5, 2017, 2:15 pm

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