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Hastings Police Arrest Accused Rapist

Efrain Rosa, 24, of Yonkers is accused of sexually assaulting a Hastings-on-Hudson teen at Hastings' Waterfront Park on April 18.

Hastings-on-Hudson Police arrested a 24-year-old Yonkers man Thursday after a two-week long sexual assault investigation of a Hastings-on-Hudson teen.

Efrain Rosa—a former resident of the Children’s Village school and home for at risk youth who was employed at toy and clothing store Chelsea’s Dry Good at the time of the crime—is accused of forcing the girl into a portable toilet at MacEchron Waterfront Park around 12:10 p.m. and raping her. He then allegedly stole the victim’s cell phone and fled along the Metro North train tracks. 

The teen then reported to staff at Harvest on Hudson restaurant that she was raped in the park, and the police were called.

Rosa was charged with one count of a criminal sexual act in first degree, a class B felony, was arraigned before Village Justice Joseph DiSavlo who set bail at $25,000 and was taken to Westchester County Jail. 

Police said Rosa could possibly face numerous other charges.

The Westchester County Intelligence Unit and Westchester County District Attorney’s office assisted Hastings-on-Hudson Police with their investigation.

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Annie Oakley May 08, 2013 at 03:51 PM
NO thanks to the Hastings police and the mayor! where the he** were they when the girl was being raped? where were they a couple weeks ago when an 8th grade girl was almost abducted by two men in a van on her way to school? yeah, they swept that one under the rug too. Where are they on Friday night when young teens go downtown after school and into the evening hours? there are strange men sitting at the bus stop leering at young girls and people speeding dangerously through town yet I NEVER see a single Hastings cop on foot patrol, unless it's to go into the deli to stuff their face. Face it, it's not the safe haven that people make it out to be. Everyone here pays thousands of dollars in taxes yet the cops that our taxes pay for, only act when they are forced to.
Karen Chapman May 09, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I just want to say that whether or not this guy had a weapon is ridiculous. That area is very isolated a good deal of the time - it doesn't take a weapon to physically force yourself on a young girl. Also, as the mother of a child with some special needs (her brain works differently) I can say that some children are affected differently than others by abuse and a dysfunctional childhood. My daughter was adopted and she had been severely neglected as an infant and as a result, the executive functioning part of her brain is affected. Some kids get through the neglect and abuse and do fine with help; some don't. Parenting this child has opened my eyes. She's a good kid, but ostracized for being different. You don't have to be a bleeding heart liberal to understand this; however, a horrific crime is still a horrific crime and there is no other place for this guy than the justice system.
Cv Wants For Nothing May 09, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I'm so tired of hearing what CV kids need, are you kidding me? I don't think CV or Graham school kids need anything. They have everything they need as is, feeding off Hastings. Obviously they have the freedom to commit crimes in a village that remains in complete denial. Hastings' Mayor Swiderski and his board, a collection of the most, entitled, in denial folks you are apt to meet anywhere, are talking about less cops, not more. When you are talking about the wrong guy at the wrong time, you are talking about Hastings Mayor Swiderski. Good luck Hastings, you need it.
sarah f May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM
whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty
Rick logg July 12, 2013 at 01:26 AM
HIT THE BRICKS! Innocent until provent guilty? He did it? Anyone that can independently think can see this "gentleman" did it! You need a conviction in a court to say 'hey I guess he is guilty' well then never think anyone was ever wrongly convicted, at least you'd be consistent Sarah f !

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