NEW YORK—The man who coaxed a 12-year-old girl into his car, drove her to a secluded location, and then sexually assaulted her, told the girl and her two friends he was an agent on the lookout for models for Nicki Minaj, a celebrity performer.
At about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, the suspect drove up to the three girls, all around 12 years of age, in a silver SUV on the corner of Lincoln Street and 116th Ave in Queens.
He allegedly told all three girls he was an agent for Minaj looking for models, and one of the girls got into his car.
Police have released a sketch of the suspect, a six-foot tall African American man in his 20s who weighs about 180 pounds. At the time of the attack he was wearing a gold chain down to his waist and had a scruffy beard.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly would not say whether the NYPD would contact Nicki Minaj to check whether she actually knew the man.
“She is fairly well known. It wouldn’t be unusual for someone to use that name,” Kelly said.
The victim escaped the attacker and called police from a friend’s house.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).