4 teens arrested in gang rape of 18-year-old in Brooklyn playground
By Holly Yan and Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN | 1/11/2016, 11:42 a.m.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Four teens who forced a father to leave his daughter so they could take turns raping her at a park have been arrested, New York police say -- but a fifth suspect is still at large.
The 18-year-old woman was with her father at the Osborn Playground in Brooklyn around 9 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by five males, the New York Police Department said.
One of the men pulled a gun on the father and daughter and demanded the father leave the area, police said.
Each of the five assailants then raped the teenager, authorities said.
The father told CNN affiliate WABC he was near the handball court with his daughter having a drink when the men came.
"One of them put a gun in my face, telling me to run, and all of them had their way with her," the father told WABC.
He said he didn't have a cell phone with him and went to a store, begging for help -- but said people in the store wouldn't call police.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that the father ran into a nearby bodega screaming, but a man working at the bodega didn't understand what he was talking about and asked him to leave the store.
The bodega worker said the father appeared drunk or incoherent, according to the sources.
Those sources also say the father and daughter were drinking beer in an obscured spot on the playground, in an effort to hide from police.
By the time the father returned to the park with two police officers, the attackers were gone, police said.
The young woman told WABC she screamed for help, but no one stopped.
"I didn't know what to do," she said. "I was in a panic mode."
She suffered cuts to her arms, neck and knees during the assault, police spokeswoman Arlene Muniz said. The teen was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and released.
The young woman, law enforcement sources said, was drunk and combative, and investigators could not interview her the night of the attack. She bit one police officer and refused to be transported to the hospital, the sources told CNN.
On Sunday night, authorities said four suspects -- ages 14, 15, 15 and 17 -- were in custody, and charges were pending. Two of the teens turned themselves in, and the other two were apprehended, New York police said.
At least one of the suspects in custody told investigators the sex was consensual, law enforcement sources told CNN.
Authorities released surveillance video that they say shows the five attackers at a local store before the incident.
"I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the horrific attack that took place in Brownsville Thursday evening," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
"Every New Yorker in every neighborhood deserves to feel safe and protected, and we will not stop until the perpetrators of this disturbing attack are held accountable for their actions. This administration has zero tolerance for sexual attacks, and we will work to ensure a crime of this nature never happens again."
CNN's Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.