Four of five Brownsville gang rape suspects to be released from jail: sources

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Four of Five Gang Rape Suspects To Be Released From N.Y. Jail

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX 11) – Four of five teenage suspects in the playground gang rape of an 18-year-old in Brownsville are expected to be released from jail Thursday, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News.

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Three of those teens are expected to be released on bail and one without bail, those sources said.

A fifth suspect – 15-year-old Shaquelle Cooper – will not be released, authorities said. He's being held on a different case from October in which a man was severely beaten -- pummeled, kicked and hit repeatedly with a bat.

A bail hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the DA's office.

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Four of five Brownsville gang rape suspects to be released from jail: sources
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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The teens – ages 14, 15, 15, 17 and 17 – had been charged as adults, each with one count of rape, two counts of criminal sex act, and one count of sex abuse in connection with the Jan. 7 assault.

While speaking in Harlem Thursday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton addressed a recent conversation with Brooklyn DA Thompson, "I spoke at length with Ken yesterday as that case is going forward so we'll just have to wait over the next several days as the interviews continue and they try to put together exactly what happened."

At about 9 p.m. on the night of the attack, the young woman was with her father at Osborne Park in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn when a group of five teens came up to them, according to police. The father, who was the first to report the incident, told police one of the boys pulled out a gun and ordered him to leave. He did and that's when the boys took turns raping the 18-year-old, according to police.

The father went for help and when he came back with two uniformed officers, the culprits ran away, police said.

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Officers found the young woman heavily intoxicated and later learned she'd been drinking in the park with her father, a police source told PIX11 News. She allegedly refused to get into an ambulance and bit an officer, the source said.

The crime outraged the victim's community and sparked calls for the attackers' arrest. Police released surveillance video of the group inside a bodega before the assault happened.

That video was seen by two of the boys' parents who turned in their children, both 15 years old, to police, police sources told PIX11 News. The three remaining suspects were arrested by officers over the following days. Police were also able to gather witness video from the cellphone of one of the suspects who told investigators the father was having sex with his estranged daughter when they arrived.

Bratton wouldn't discuss what was on the video, saying only that it was "9 to 11 seconds" and was taken to one of the teens under investigation. Police officials added early this week that they had no evidence suggesting a sexual relationship between the father and daughter.

As of Thursday, the alleged gun described by the father had not been recovered by investigating officers.

"The first story is never the last story," Bratton said. "I think in this case that's certainly the case or will prove to be the case."

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