A man has been convicted of rape after a teenager was attacked in north London.
Deangelo Brown, 23, of Bank Close, Luton, was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday 15th September of rape and sexual activity with a child.
Brown will be sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 3 November.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after a 15-year-old girl said that she had been raped near Harlesden High Street in Brent on the morning of Tuesday, 10th March.
The court heard how Brown approached her as she stood on her own at a bus stop. After Brown asked her how old she was, he demanded that she follow him.
As the girl feared for her safety, she followed Brown into an alleyway where she was attacked.
A member of the public witnessed the attack and came to the teenager’s aid. Brown left the scene as the member of the public walked the girl to Harlesden police station where the sexual assault was reported to officers.
Brown’s description was immediately circulated to nearby police patrol units, and it was not long before officers arrested Brown as he tried to leave the area.
The teenage girl was taken to a support and medical centre, known as a ‘Haven’ and was given specialist support by specially trained officers.
Detective Constable Samantha Wilton, from the North West BCU, said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the bravery and composure shown by this young girl after experiencing a horrifying ordeal.
“The impact of that morning simply cannot be forgotten. Brown is a dangerous predator who has rightly been found guilty.
“I would also like to thank the person who helped the victim and kindly escorted her to the police station so that she wouldn’t be alone.
“I would urge anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to contact police and report it so that we can bring those responsible before the courts.”
Information on where you can find medical help, support and advice, plus how to report rape or sexual assault can be found on the Met’s website