UJREVIEW: Onandi Brown has been identified as the fourth suspect in a brutal gang rape that has shocked the nation. Brown, 17, is the oldest of the four identified suspects, all of whom have been charged with first-degree rape. Shaquelle Cooper and Ethan Phillips are both 15, and Denzel Murray is only 14. A fifth suspect who has not yet been identified remains at large. All four individuals are from the impoverished Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. According to the New York Daily News:
Two teens charged with raping an 18-year-old woman say the sex was consensual — and told cops she was having intercourse with her father in a Brooklyn park when they first saw her, a law enforcement source said Monday.
“It’s very complicated,” the source said, adding both father and daughter appeared to be heavily intoxicated.
Police charged Onandi Brown, 17; Ethan Phillip, 15; Shaquell Cooper, 15; and the youngest of the four teenage suspects, Denzel Murray, 14, as adults with first-degree rape. The suspects also face charges of criminal sex and sex abuse. Their arraignments are pending.
“She had significant injuries,” with cuts and bruises, one police official said. “There is very little question her injuries (are consistent) with a significant assault.”
Additionally information regarding the moments leading up to the crime have been detailed by the New York Post:
Police said they have video that shows the girl and her dad buying 22-ounce cans of beer at a bodega and entering the park before the attack at the Osborn Playground in Brownsville around 9 p.m.
The victim told cops that she and her 39-year-old dad — whom she only recently reconnected with after being adopted — were drinking near the handball courts “to be away from the police,” sources said.
Their plan backfired when the teens, including one with a gun, confronted them and ordered the father to scram, the pair told cops.
The dad went to the Zaida Deli, then the Brownsville Plaza Deli.
“I could just tell [he was wasted] by the way he was acting,’’ said a worker at Brownsville Plaza.