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5th teen in custody over woman's alleged gang rape at N.Y. playground

By Ed Payne, Lorenzo Ferrigno and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN | 1/12/2016, 12:25 p.m.
A fifth person is in custody in connection with a woman's alleged gang rape in a Brooklyn playground, a law ...
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. 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. NYPD

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A fifth person is in custody in connection with a woman's alleged gang rape in a Brooklyn playground, and police are not looking for any more suspects.

Travis Beckford, 17, was arrested Tuesday morning, Robert Boyce, chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, told reporters.

"He is the fifth person that we have arrested in this case, and we believe he's the final person," Boyce said.

Beckford is expected to be charged as an adult, as is customary for 17-year-olds in New York.

Four other teens have been charged as adults, and their names have been released: Denzel Murray, 14; Shaquell Cooper, 15; Ethan Phillip, 15; and Onandi Brown, 17. All have Brooklyn addresses.

They are charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act and sex abuse, police have said.

Father told to leave

Police say the alleged rape took place last week at Osborn Playground.

The 18-year-old woman was with her father when they were approached by five males, police said.

One of the teens pulled a gun on them and demanded the father leave, 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 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.

'I didn't know what to do'

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 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.

"It's a really tragic story. I've lived here my whole life. My family lived here their whole life and I never heard of anything like this," said Natalie Garcia, a young mother who lives around the corner from the playground with her 3-year-old daughter.