Crime

Brooklyn Park Gang Rape: Four Teens Charged, Two Say It Was Consensual Sex

| by Zara Zhi
Osborn Park, Brooklyn.Osborn Park, Brooklyn.

The New York City man who allegedly ran away while his 18-year-old daughter was being gang raped at gunpoint in Brooklyn on Jan. 7 went into two local delis to ask for help, but he was reportedly too drunk for anyone to understand him, according to witnesses.

"He was swaying side to side," an employee in one of the shops, Zaida Deli and Grocery, said, according to the New York Post. "He asked me, ‘Lend me your phone.’ I said, 'No.'"

Two of the five teens suspected of assaulting the girl in the playground have confessed to being present at the scene and even having intercourse with her -- but they claim it was consensual.

“At this juncture, we have no doubt she was raped,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

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Authorities charged four teens for their roles in the gang rape on Jan. 12, the New York Post reports.

Denzel Murray, 14; Shaquell Cooper, 15; Ethan Phillip, 15; and Onandi Brown, 17, were each charged with rape, forcible compulsion, criminal sex act and sex abuse, according to police.

The four teens were all charged as adults and were being held awaiting arraignment early Jan. 12. The fifth suspect has not been caught.

“They’re four neighborhood kids,’’ the police source said. “There is one guy outstanding. [But] we got a good lead [on him].”

Two of the teen suspects were brought in by their mothers on Jan. 10, the third was picked up at an unnamed location, and the fourth turned himself in, sources said.

“She has cuts and bruises consistent with being physically attacked,” a source told the New York Post of the victim.

Authorities said the alleged victim told investigators in a “detailed interview” at her house that one of her assailants had a bright red “satin-type’’ jacket on.

Video of the teens at a nearby bodega shows at least one of them wearing a similar jacket.

While two of the teens claim they engaged in consensual sex with her, a third suspect said he left the playground before the attack. The fourth teen is refusing to talk.

Authorities said they have video that shows the girl and her father buying 22-ounce cans of beer at a bodega and entering the park before the assault at the Osborn Playground in Brownsville around 9 p.m.

The girl told cops that she and her 39-year-old father -- whom she only recently reconnected with after being adopted as a child -- were drinking near the handball courts “to be away from the police.”

Their plan failed when the teens, including one with a gun, reportedly threatened them and ordered the father to leave.

“The one put a gun in my face telling me to run, and all of them had their way with her,” the father told WABC.

He went to the Zaida Deli and then to the Brownsville Plaza Deli.

“I could just tell [he was wasted] by the way he was acting,’’ an employee at Brownsville Plaza Deli said, according to the New York Post.

Surveillance video from the store shows the victim’s dad walking inside before he begins to talk with two men. He does not appear to be desperate or in anguish.

After leaving the store, the father ran past a marked police car before ultimately turning back and notifying the police of his daughter’s attack -- 20 minutes after the alleged rape first began.

Local activists protested that residents didn’t hear about the attack until it was revealed by the media over the weekend.

“The mayor was informed on [Jan. 10] of the tragic assault in Brooklyn," Mayor Bill de Blasio's representative said in a statement. "After further conversations with the NYPD, the mayor now believes strongly that the local community should have been informed sooner and has instructed that the NYPD notify communities more quickly moving forward, whenever appropriate.”

Sources: New York Post, WABC / Photo credit: Gabriella Bass via New York Post