A horrific sexual assault happened Thursday night in Brooklyn when an 18-year-old was raped by five men while walking through a park with her dad.
According to police, the men approached the father and daughter in Osborn Park in Brownsville, a predominantly black neighborhood, around 11:15 pm. One of the men, reportedly in his 20s or 30s, had a gun and demanded the father leave. The dad, who didn’t have a cell phone, ran to a nearby Bodega for help but the store workers refused to call police. By the time the father returned with two officers his daughter had been raped by all five individuals. The assailants fled the scene of the crime and authorities were still searching for all five as of Sunday afternoon.
While police have released surveillance video of the group inside of a Bodega before the attack, asking people to come forward if they know any of the individuals’ identities or whereabouts, many Brownsville residents have been hypercritical about the lack of arrest.
“A rape takes place on the Upper East Side, it would not take two days for that information to come out, and the people to be protected, and the people to be aware,” neighborhood resident Eric Adams told ABC news.
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement in response to the heinous crime on Sunday, promising swift justice.
“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.”