Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Police Capture Fifth Suspect Wanted In Brooklyn Playground Gang Rape

Let There Be Light. The handball court area where the attack took place was lit up last night with flood lights provided by the NYPD.  The Parks Department also repaired all of the broken lights on the bathroom. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.

Suspects claim teen was having sex with father before alleged gang rape

Two of the five suspects arrested for a gang rape that took place at a Brooklyn playground. (Photo: Paul Martinka


By Geoffrey Croft

Police have captured the fifth suspect wanted in Thursday’s gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in Osborn Playground.

Authorities picked up the 17-year-old this morning at Tilden High School.  

Police are still searching for the gun and are expected to obtain a search warrant for the suspects residence on Rockaway Parkway in East New York.

All five of the suspects are expected to be moved from Brooklyn's SVU headquarters on Washington Avenue momentary to Brooklyn Supreme Court where they will be arraigned. 

All of the playground's gates remain unlocked by the Parks Department at night even after last week's attack.

Four of the suspects were in custody by Sunday after police released surveillance video of the group entering a nearby bodega before Thursday's attack.

The playground was unlocked at the time of the attack.

The woman was in Osborn Playground, near Osborn Street and Hegeman Avenue with her father when they were approached by five men, one brandished a gun. The group told her father to get the F**k out of there.

The woman said that she was grabbed by the men near the handball courts.  All five of the assailants raped her according to police.

The victim’s father flagged down a patrol car.

The victim was treated at Kings County Hospital.

The incident occured Thursday night at approximately 9:20pm. within the confines of the 73rd Pct.      

The Upper Eastside's Ruppert Park was locked up safe and sound last night.

SHOULD'VE ACTED QUICKER: Bratton says NYPD didn't alert community fast enough to Brooklyn playground gang rape as last of five suspects is in handcuffs
New York Daily News - January 12, 2016 - By Graham Rayman, Rocco Parascanndola, Larry McShane

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