New York City police on Tuesday interviewed all five teenagers accused of raping an 18-year-old girl in a Brooklyn playground last week, officials said. Photo above is that of 14 year old Denzel Murray who for some reason has a smirk on his face while been charged to court.
Police identified four of the accused rapists as Denzel Murray, 14; Shaquell Cooper and Ethan Phillip, both 15;17-year-old Onandi Brown and Travis Beckford, 18.
The 18 year old victim and her 39 year old father, who were drinking together in the park in the downtrodden Brownsville section of Brooklyn on Thursday night, told police one of the teens forced him to flee at gunpoint before they took turns raping her.
Two of the suspects told police the father and daughter were engaged in sexual activity in the park, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a press conference. But he emphasized that officers had found no evidence to support those statements.
Two of the minors allegedly told police they had consensual sex with the 18-year-old woman
While conflicting reports had surfaced regarding whether a gun was involved, Boyce said the victim and her father gave matching accounts. Video showing the suspects leaving the park a few minutes after the reported incident supported the father’s and victim’s story, Boyce said.
“She gave a very credible report to us,” he said, adding that she suffered cuts and bruises consistent with an attack. “She was traumatized.”