4 teens in custody in alleged group rape at NYC playground

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Four Teens Apprehended in Gang Rape at NYC Playground

NEW YORK (AP) -- Four teenagers were taken into police custody in connection with an alleged group rape of an 18-year-old woman at a Brooklyn playground, an incident that the mayor called a "horrific attack."

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Police said Sunday two teenagers surrendered and two were apprehended. Charges were pending against a 14-year-old, 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds. A fifth suspect is still being sought.

Authorities said the woman was accosted just after 9 p.m. Thursday as she and her father walked inside Osborn Playground in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

Police said there were five suspects, and one pointed a gun at the father and told him to leave. Each man raped the woman, police said. The father returned with two police officers, but the attackers fled.

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4 teens in custody in alleged group rape at NYC playground
This image from security video provided by the New York Police Department from a security camera at a bodega at 635 Watkins St. in the Brooklyn borough of New York, shows one of five men who are wanted by police in connection with the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman who was walking in the nearby Osborn Playground with her father later the same evening. Authorities say five men approached the pair. They say one of the men pointed a gun at the father and ordered him at gunpoint to leave before they took turns raping the woman.The father returned with two police officers, but the attackers fled. (New York Police Department via AP)
This image from security video provided by the New York Police Department, from a security camera at a bodega at 635 Watkins St. in the Brooklyn borough of New York, shows three men who are wanted by police in connection with the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman who was walking in the nearby Osborn Playground with her father later the same evening. Authorities say five men approached the pair. They say one of the men pointed a gun at the father and ordered him at gunpoint to leave before they took turns raping the woman.The father returned with two police officers, but the attackers fled. (New York Police Department via AP)
New York Mayor Bill deBlasio, left, and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton address a news conference in New York's City Hall, in front of a painting of Alexander Hamilton, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. A fifth teenager was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the suspected gang rape of a woman at a Brooklyn playground last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 photo shows Osborn playground in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., the site of an alleged gang rape, in New York. Four teenagers were in custody on Monday in connection with the incident, and a fifth was being sought. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Those condemning the dad in the NYC rape case who left his daughter to find police, just stop. Had he not, they'd probably both be dead.
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The woman was treated at Kings County Hospital and released.

"I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the horrific attack," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement released Sunday.

Elected officials, residents and activists spoke out against the alleged assault on Sunday, offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a statement saying he was "sickened" by reports of the attack and called on the New York Police Department 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."

An NYPD police spokesman said there was no delay in the police response.

"A patrol car from the 73rd Precinct was approached on the street and told about the attack by the victim's father, who directed the officers to the scene," police spokesman Stephen Davis said.

"The police officers immediately responded and located the victim," Davis said. "The suspects had already fled."

Adams on Sunday also questioned why the police waited until Saturday night, 48 hours later, to alert the public of the crime when it released surveillance video they said showed the men in a bodega before the alleged incident.

Davis said the commanding officer of the precinct began contacting local community leaders about the alleged rape on Friday.

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