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Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

3 males arrested in sexual assault, robbery of Queens woman leaving church

3 males arrested in sexual assault, robbery of Queens woman leaving church

The suspects, 17-year-old Justin Williams, 19-year-old Julisses Ginel and 20-year-old Brandon Walker, all live in the same group home in Jamaica, Queens where police recovered two imitation guns used in the incident, police said.

"[The fourth suspect] then put a condom on and then did it again", he added.

Prosecutors on Friday described how a group of thugs with a "pack-like mentality" set upon a defenseless churchgoer in Queens - with one of them serving as a "lookout" so his buddies could sexually assault her.

Then, the two men called three other guys nearby to join them before they forced the victim to strip naked in the street and demanded her to perform oral sex on three of 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.

The 50-year-old woman had left the Celestial Church of Christ on Liberty Avenue in Jamaica when she was sexually assaulted and robbed by four men at about 11:10 p.m. near 150th Street and Beaver Avenue.

Police said all five men are in their 20s and the victim might not have known her attackers.

Some progress has been made in the case, police say. "It was just supposed to be a robbery thing", he reportedly said. "I am very happy they are arrested". He later went to the scene of the crime and saw the condom on the ground. "When I returned the third one was finishing". "I never touched the woman".

"Praise God!" said Celestial Church pastor Kehinde Oyetunde, who brought the victim to the Queens Hospital Center after the attack. Walker has 13 prior arrests, including for assault, fraud, public lewdness and turnstile jumping. The suspects were picked up after matching images were pulled from video of the crime.

So far officers have managed to secure CCTV footage showing the victim walking along the street with four men on the other side of the road. SCO Family of Services issued the following statement: "One of the employees at a Transitional Independent Living program for young adults discovered that temporary residents served through the program might be linked to the attack reported in the media". "Our staff took action and alerted the authorities, which directly led to the arrests".

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