Teens Charged With Raping 18-Year-Old Woman On Brooklyn Playground Claim Sex Was Consensual

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An 18-year-old woman was reportedly raped by five teen males at Osborn Playground in Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Two out of the four teenagers in custody for the brutal rape of an 18-year-old woman in a Brooklyn playground Thursday night claim the sex was consensual, police sources said.

But detectives believe the teen victim was assaulted on a slab of concrete based on her injuries, sources said. Test results from a rape kit are not yet in. More after the cut…

“She has injuries (consistent) with an assault. She had significant injuries,” with cuts, bruises and abrasions, a police official said. “There is very little question her injuries (are consistent) with a significant assault.” 

Police also recovered some of the woman’s clothing from the playground. The four teens had not been charged by late afternoon Monday. Two of the youths are 14, while two others are 15, and one is 17. The first two suspects to walk through the precinct door surrendered in the company of their mothers. A third was traced from a call to the NYPD TIPS line, while the fourth suspect came to cops on his own, cops said. One of the quartet has a prior arrest for attempted murder, with a bat. Another has a prior arrest for robbery. 

Police released these surveillance images of the five suspects entering a nearby deli. Four teens have been arrested in connection to the incident.

Cops armed with a fifth suspect’s nickname were searching Monday for another teen in the incident. They were also looking for the gun that the attackers pointed at the victim and her father. Sources said the teen and her 39-year-old dad were drinking beer in the Osborn playground in Brownsville when the quintet approached, pulled a gun on the dad and told him to leave. 

After the father was told to “get the f— out of here,” he left but returned 20 minutes later with two cops. The father initially went into a bodega and asked to use the phone, but was denied. Then, he waved his arms and flagged down a police car.

Cops are still searching for the fifth suspect, who is also a teen.

Not much is known about the victim. She lived outside of New York state until about 18 months ago, police sources said. Community activist Tony Herbert said she may be destitute. Local politicians and clergy denounced the attack Monday, and demanded to know why the deli workers did not allow the girl’s father to use his phone to dial 911. 

“It’s not only stupid, it’s ignorant to community. A community is about sharing and togetherness, it is not isolation. So he doesn’t understand his business here is a part of this community,” said Bishop Gerald Seabrooks.

Nelson Gomez, a worker in the deli, said he felt bad for what had happened on Thursday, but was not working that night and couldn’t explain why his colleague wouldn’t let the desperate father use the phone.  Local leaders said that police should have released information about the attack earlier. They called on Mayor de Blasio to be more involved. De Blasio said Monday that he found the incident to be personally upsetting.

“Obviously I am the father of a young woman and this is the kind of thing that for me, deeply, deeply troubles me and it’s an intolerable situation,” he said. De Blasio added that he “personally” looked into the case and found there was no delay in the NYPD’s response to the incident. “I don’t know exactly when the information was verified to the point that it could be made public, and obviously because it was a rape investigation there are real sensitivities,” he said. “As you know sometimes divulging information helps catch suspects, sometimes it is unhelpful in terms of a process that’s already underway to capture the suspect, so I want to be careful about the details.”