Four of the five teens accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at gunpoint at Brownsville, Brooklyn have been released after the District Attorney’s Office failed to meet their Friday deadline to secure indictments. The fifth teen is being arrested on previous charges of assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, along with failing to attend a court appointed alternative incarceration program for young offenders.
Prosecutors will use the next six months to construct a case, and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson spoke about the release of the teens. He explained, “Because we are determined to get to the truth about what happened in that park, we need more time to investigate this complex case and gather more evidence. So therefore, we have consented to the defendants’ release.”
According to the New York Daily News, the key piece of evidence being reviewed by detectives is a 10-second cell phone video taken by one of the teens, which allegedly shows that the victim gave consent. It was also brought out that neither the father or daughter could not pick out any of the teens in a lineup.