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    Accused sexual predator in custody for assaulting 14-year-old girl, two other women in Queens

    Police released images of a suspect who they say attacked multiple women in Queens, including a 14-year-old girl.
    Police released images of a suspect who they say attacked multiple women in Queens, including a 14-year-old girl. (NYPD)

    A man accused of sexually assaulting three victims in Queens — including a 14-year-old girl — was taken into custody Friday after his stepfather ratted him out to police, authorities said.

    Detectives had been looking for 22-year-old Makijah Lino since Thursday afternoon following a series of sordid daytime attacks.


    The man’s stepfather recognized Lino’s surveillance photo on the news, kicked him out of the house and called the 102nd Precinct, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.

    “We realized that our perpetrator had nowhere to go and was roaming the streets,” Harrison said Friday. “We put a lot of police officers in the vicinity to look for him.”


    The attacks started around 10 a.m. Thursday when Lino approached a 20-year-old woman in Richmond Hill on 104th St. near Jamaica Ave., officials said.

    Lino allegedly came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. As the woman jogged away he kept following her, trying to make her stop, cops said.

    She then screamed at the suspect and he ran off. She was not physically hurt and called 911 after the attack, said authorities.

    Two hours later, on the corner of 84th Ave. and 118th St. in Kew Gardens, officials said Lino approached a 14-year-old girl.

    The teen was on FaceTime with a friend when the suspect grabbed her and threw her into a bush, said cops. He then lifted her and tried to remove her pants, police said.

    The 14-year-old screamed and frightened Lino away. She raced home and told her mother what happened, and they reported it to police.

    Half an hour later near Woodhaven Blvd. in Forest Park, Lino is suspected of attacking his third victim, a 24-year-old woman who was out jogging.

    He approached from behind, threw the woman to the ground and tried to remove her sweatpants, said police. She screamed as she fought off the attacker and a good Samaritan rushed over to help. The suspect ran off and the bystander called 911, cops said.

    The woman was later taken to the hospital with cuts to her knees, feet and hands, police said.

    Investigators later found surveillance footage showing the brazen attack on the 14-year-old teen. Still images from that video were released to the media.

    Around 10 a.m. Friday, three 102nd Precinct officers — Christopher Bergin, Guiseppe Sollecito, and Michael Catanzaro — spotted the suspect near Myrtle Ave. and Park Lane South in Richmond Hill and took him into custody.

    Lino was being held Friday at the 112nd Precinct. He has no history of sexual assault, but cops said he had been arrested earlier this year for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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