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Good Samaritan Stops Sexual Assault Of A Child In Parking Lot After Hearing Screams From Minivan, Prosecutors Say

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Prosecutors say Jose Samuel Carabantes Pineda, 35, was arrested after a good Samaritan heard screaming coming from a minivan in the parking lot of the Big Lots store in Riverhead on March 20.

(CBSNewYork) – A Riverhead man is being held without bail for allegedly sexually abusing a child.

Prosecutors say Jose Samuel Carabantes Pineda, 35, was arrested after a good Samaritan heard screaming coming from a minivan in the parking lot of the Big Lots store in Riverhead on March 20. READ MORE: Brandon Elliot Faces Judge In Brutal Attack On 65-Year-Old Vilma Kari, As Leaders Rally Against Anti-Asian ViolenceAfter hearing the screams, the good Samaritan approached the vehicle and knocked on the window.

According to authorities, Carabantes Pineda had his child victim in the back of the minivan restrained with duct tape and had sexually assaulted her.

When the good Samaritan knocked on the window, Carabantes Pineda allegedly  jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off.

When they arrived at the home, Carabantes Pineda allegedly made the victim get into another vehicle and took off.

Police were waiting for him when he returned home. READ MORE: Road To Reopening: New York Lifts Curfew For Gyms, Movie Theaters And Other BusinessesProsecutors say that Carabantes Pineda allegedly sexually assaulted the girl several times since the fall of 2020.

“This individual allegedly subjected a child to months of sexual abuse,” District Attorney Timothy Sini said.

“Thanks to the bravery of the victim, the heroic act of the good Samaritan who intervened, and the swift actions of the Riverhead Town Police Department, this alleged predator was apprehended.

Carabantes Pineda was arraigned on multiple child sexual assault charges and is being held without bail.

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