Teen charged with raping girl, 14, in building on E. 28th

Straus Houses (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly raping a teenage girl inside a stairwell at the Straus Houses. Elijah Mclendon, 18, allegedly forced himself on a girl while they were inside the building at 344 East 28th Street on Nov. 10. He was arrested there on Nov. 15 at 3 a.m.

The district attorney’s office said that Mclendon held down the victim and pulled off her pants. He allegedly began to have sex with her while she repeatedly told him to stop, the victim told police.

The victim said that she told Mclendon that she had a sexually transmitted disease in an effort to get him to stop raping her.

According to the district attorney’s office, the victim was 14 years old at the time of the incident and Mclendon was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said that neither the victim nor Mclendon live in the NYCHA complex and it was unclear how they got inside. Mclendon’s attorney did not respond to a call for comment on the case.

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3 thoughts on “Teen charged with raping girl, 14, in building on E. 28th

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  3. This serious criminal incident, and recently, many others like them inside and outside of PCV/ST, is the clear cut reason the policy of 4, unscreened, guests per resident, permitted to utilize PCV/ST Playground #11, needs elimination, as well as the replacement of the entire Playground #11. The Playground draws loiterers, potential violators of personal property, perpetrators against individuals, and noise nuisances. There are enough recreations areas, which ostensibly have nothing to do with quiet enjoyment of our apartments, and which, from inception, should have never been situated WITHIN the development. Contact the Tenants Association, Councilman Garodnick, Hayduk, the property manager, Blackstone, and everyone else who will replace Playground #11 with a community garden or public lawn space for reading, quiet meditation, Tai Chi, board games, or simple relaxation.

    Stuart Levinson, Resident

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