A man accused of entering a Staten Island home and raping a 7-year-old girl in her bedroom was released before New York police learned the child had been assaulted, KTLA sister station WPIX reported on Monday.
The New York Police Department initially had 32-year-old Daniel Nieto in custody on a trespassing charge earlier this month, according to the New York City-area television station.
Nieto allegedly used a back door to enter the child's home shortly before 3 a.m. on Aug. 6. He was discovered in the girl's bedroom and chased out by the family, who then alerted authorities, the TV station reported.
Police released him, but later learned that the young girl had been raped, according to the station.
On Monday, NYPD officials released a photo and description of Nieto, and were hoping the public could help them locate the suspect.
He is described as being about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 125 pounds, with short black hair, according to NYPD.
Anyone with information about Nieto's whereabouts has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers in New York at 1-800-577-8477.