Four Teens in Custody for Alleged Gunpoint Gang Rape in Brooklyn Playground

The woman had been walking with her father when five males approached and told the father to leave, police say

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Four teenagers are in custody and a fifth suspect is at large for allegedly raping at gunpoint an 18-year-old woman who had been walking with her father on Thursday night in Brooklyn, police confirm to PEOPLE.

The woman had been walking with her father in Brownsville when the five males allegedly approached with a gun and told the father to leave, police say.

The father ran to a convenience store where he tried to call police but store employees would not let him, multiple outlets reported. After that, the father approached a patrol car and told them what was happening, but by that point the suspects had fled, police say.

The victim was transported to the hospital, police say.

“The one put a gun in my face telling me to run, and all of them had their way with her,” the father told ABC-7.

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The four suspects in custody – ages 14, 15, 15 and 17 – have not yet been charged, police say. Police did not release any identifying information about the fifth suspect, saying the matter was under investigation.

Two of the suspects were caught after their parents turned them in after the NYPD released surveillance video showing them in a convenience store, police say.

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement saying, “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.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a statement saying, “The circumstances of this crime are particularly troubling to me, and I am calling on the NYPD to conduct a full investigation not only to identify all those responsible for this horrific attack, but also to determine if everything possible was done to protect the victim and the public.”

After the attack, the NYPD came under criticism for what some believed was a slow response. In a statement, the NYPD said, “There was no delay in the police response. There were no 911 calls associated with the attack, contrary to media reports.”

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