SPRING TWP., Pennsylvania — A teenager in Berks County is recovering from a terrifying encounter in a public restroom, after police say an armed man first recorded her with his cell phone in a stall, then went on the attack.
It happened Tuesday night at the Barnes and Noble store in Spring Township, Pennsylvania.
The 14-year-old girl told police she was inside one of the stalls when she looked up and noticed a cell phone taking a picture of her.
Court documents state when she opened the stall door she came face-to-face with a man, identified as 19-year-old Dustin Cornelius of Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, who was holding a knife.
14 yr old girl assaulted at knife-point inside a bathroom stall at a Barnes and Noble in Spring Twp. 19 yr old in custody.
— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) May 18, 2017
“I can’t recall in the eight years I’ve been here anything similar to this,” Spring Twp. Police Chief Bryan Ross told WFMZ-TV.
Police say Cornelius directed her to the handicap stall where he ordered her put her hands on the wall, then proceeded to put his hands under her shirt.
Police say the girl hit Cornelius’ hand and tried to escape, but he got hold of her and then bound her wrists with zip ties, all at knifepoint.