A traumatizing sexual assault happened at Osborn Park, in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn this past Thursday.
According to New York 1, investigators say five teenage boys brutally gang raped an 18-year-old girl. The teenagers, approached the girl and her father as they were walking through the park at around 11:15 p.m. One of the assailants pulled a gun out and demanded that the father leave.
The father didn’t have a cell phone, ran to a local Bodega for assistance. Store workers refused to call the police.
Eventually, the father did return with two police officers. But by that time, the five boys had raped his daughter.
The boys fled the scene of the crime.
Thankfully, four of the five boys have been apprehended.
Two of the boys, a 14-year-old and 15-year-old, were turned over to the police by their parents on Sunday. The other two, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old were located by police later.
There is still one assailant on the loose.
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement on Sunday:
“I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the horrific attack that took place in Brownsville yesterday evening. We will take every step possible to find and swiftly prosecute the assailants of this vicious crime. 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.”
People in the neighborhood said that while the park can be dangerous, they were surprised to hear that it happened.
“It shouldn’t happen out here. Too many police officers are out here so I don’t know what it happened out here.”
Another person said,
“It needs to be police lighting in this park when it gets dark so if anything happens in here, the people walking by can see. Because right now, it’s pitch black and you can’t see anything that’s going on.”
The young woman was treated at King’s County Hospital and was released.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.