Video shows a gang of four men following a helpless 50-year-old churchgoer before they forced her to perform oral sex at gunpoint.
The video also shows the anonymous mother-of-two walking along 150th Street in Queens, New York with two bags in her hands before the purported sexual assault happened.
The four men, who are also alleged of robbing her, appear in the video walking along the other side of the street. The men walk in line together before one separates from the group after spotting the helpless victim leaving a church prayer service.
Julisses Ginel, 19, Justin Williams, 17, and Brandon Walker, 20, were arrested over the attack on Thursday. A fourth man is still being hunted by police.
The victim was forced to strip naked and perform sexual acts on the criminals.
Prosecutors on Friday described the ‘pack-like mentality’ the group of men used to prey on the woman with one of them serving as the ‘lookout’ while the attack took place.
‘The crimes that the defendants are accused of committing that night are despicable and are deserving of significant punishment,’ District Attorney Richard Brown said.
‘Two of them are alleged to have subjected her to heinous acts of sexual abuse.
‘It is alleged that with a pack-like mentality the defendants and an unapprehended fourth man set upon a defenseless woman coming from church.’
Police said the victim left the Celestial Church of Christ in Jamaica, Queens shortly before 11pm on Tuesday before she was attacked.
The men apparently robbed the woman after the sexual assault and threatened her with two fake guns.
Williams allegedly told investigators that he and Brandon took turns engaging in oral sex from her. The fourth suspect, who is still on the run, then put a condom on and did it again.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Rosenbaum read part of Ginel’s statement to the court during their arraignment on Friday.
‘It was suppose to be just a robbery thing,’ Ginel allegedly told investigators. ‘I was only there. I saw her naked, and she gave them oral sex. I went to get condoms to help my boys. When I came back, the third one was finishing up.’
Ginel allegedly admitted to being the ‘lookout’ so no one interrupted the attack.
The victim returned to the Celestial Church of Christ following the attack where Pastor Kehinde Oyetunde alerted the police.
‘She was crying. She was scared, she was crying. She was just crying like a baby, we couldn’t control her,’ he told CBS2.
The men led her at gunpoint back down the block to 150th Street and Beaver Road where they attacked her behind a garbage truck demanding her wallet.
‘They tell me, ‘you don’t have money so take off your clothes!” the victim told The New York Daily News. ‘I said, ‘What? In the middle of the street?”
The two men called over three other guys nearby to join them before they forced her to strip naked in the street and demanded she perform oral sex on them.
She claims she tried to scare them away by saying she was HIV-positive, which she is not, but that didn’t even frighten them. In fact, one of the men, who she described as short, went off to buy a condom.
‘They said, ‘if you don’t do that, I’ll shoot you,” the victim recounted to the Daily News. ‘So I did what I had to do.’
She says one of the attackers called her a ‘stupid African woman’ and slapped her.
After the attack and the group of men fled, the woman ran back to the church, half-naked and crying to her pastor, Kehinde Oyetunde said.
‘She was crying and her face was full of rubbish,’ Oyetunde said.
‘She had her clothes in her hands. She said that they pulled a gun on her and took her stuff, then wanted to sleep with her.
‘She lied and told them she was an HIV patient and to please leave her alone.’
Her pastor picked her up from the hospital where she sought treatment and brought her home. She returned to work the following day but was still shaken.
‘This is horrible,’ the pastor added. ‘She is a very kind woman. She’s been with my church for 10 years.’
The victim, who lives in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, said she is nervous about returning to the Queens church she has attended four days a week for the past decade.
‘I’m very worried,’ she said. ‘I don’t know if I can go back there.
‘There are just mean, hooligan guys who wanted to rob and sleep with somebody,’ the victim said of her attackers.
‘If they just wanted money, they should have left. But they wanted more.’
NYPD officers were able to recover at least one condom nearby the scene and are processing it for DNA, the Daily News reported.
They are also testing the woman’s sweater for potential evidence. Police said all five men are in their 20s and they do not believe the victim knew her attackers.