- Last Updated: 9:52 PM, September 29, 2012
- Posted: 12:09 PM, September 29, 2012
A baby-faced pizza-delivery boy savagely raped a woman in her Upper West Side apartment today while her young daughter slept next to her in bed, police and the victim said.
“I want him put away. I want the world to know he raped me while my 7-year-old was asleep next to me,” the distraught woman said tearfully during an interview in her apartment. “He violated us, it’s disgusting — roaming around apartments looking to hurt people while you’re working.”
Suspect Cesar Lucas, 16, of The Bronx, allegedly prowled the 35-year-old victim’s West 61st Street building after delivering a pie to another person on her floor at about 12:30 a.m., police said.
Law-enforcement sourc¬es said he tried a few doorknobs until he found the victim’s unlocked — and went inside.
“My daughter and I sleep in the same bed and I was raped while she was sleeping next to me,” the victim said, bursting into tears.
“He covered my mouth and told me to be quiet. He said ‘sshhh.’ I kicked him and I pushed him. He was a little guy.”
The suspect eventually fled, taking the woman’s iPhone and $20 from her daughter’s wallet, the victim said.
“I’m so angry, He just f--ked up everything,” she said. “How dare he come into my room. He was looking around my apartment — how scary.”
The victim was shaken by the horrific ordeal.
“I’m scared. I want to sleep with a chain on and I’m going to keep the door locked,” she said. “I’m embarrassed. I don’t want to go downstairs. I don’t want to leave the apartment. ¬Everyone is talking.”
Cops arrested Lucas ¬after finding him at work at New York Sal’s Pizza on Tenth Avenue between 48th and 49th streets.
He had worked at the shop part-time on weekend nights for about a year, said a co-worker, adding, “He’s a good kid.”
But the victim wasn’t buying it. “These a--holes are going to say he’s a good kid? I want that pizzeria to pay,” she fumed.
Lucas was charged with rape and burglary.
He looked disheveled in a ragged white T-shirt, keeping his head down as cops hauled him from the 20th Precinct station house.
The woman was treated at Roosevelt Hospital and tested for STDs.
Her brave daughter stayed home to comfort her shaken mother.
“She keeps hugging me. She stayed home from dance class today,” the woman said. “She wanted to be with me.”
The victim’s mother was grateful her daughter wasn’t killed. “It was so scary,” she said.
The super of Lucas’ Creston Avenue apartment in Fordham Heights said he sees the teen leave for Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education HS every school day.
“He’s a very good kid to me,” he said. “I never see him hanging out with the usual riff¬raff on the block. He always says hello and shakes my hand.”
Lucas has lived in a two-bedroom apartment with his parents, two brothers and three sisters for about five years, the super said.
“I’m shocked, but in this life anything is possible,” he said. “It can be like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I see Dr. Jekyll but when he goes out there in the world he can be Mr. Hyde.”
Last month, cops found Lucas with a 39-year-old woman’s credit cards and driver’s license after they cuffed him for jumping a turnstile.
He was charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen credit cards and theft of service.
Additional reporting by Jamie Schram