A woman who said she was raped by NYPD detectives near Coney Island’s 60th precinct last month is holding off on calling for a special prosecutor after the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office assured her of a full-scale investigation, her attorney told Coney Island News on Monday.
The 18-year-old alleged victim accused a pair of NYPD narcotics detectives of driving her to a Chipotle parking lot and forcing her to perform sexual acts on them while she was handcuffed.
The alleged event occurred on Sept. 15, and nearly a month later, no arrests have been made. Last week the alleged victim told the New York Post that she was seeking a special prosecutor, as her attorney, Michael David, noted that there could be a conflict of interest because the narcotics division is known to work closely with the DA’s office.
But David, who told Coney Island News that it was “one of the worst crimes” he had ever seen from the NYPD, said that the DA’s office reached out to show their commitment to the case.
“At this point, we’re holding off,” he said of the possibility of a special prosecutor. “They just basically said they’re taking it very seriously.”
The DA’s office could not immediately be reached, but the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau told us earlier this month that they are investigating both detectives and a sergeant who was involved in the case. The NYPD said all three officers were placed on modified assignment.
Last week, the detectives provided DNA samples to the DA’s office in accordance with the investigation, sources told the New York Post.
Nonetheless, David told us his client is not happy that the investigation is dragging on considering there have been swift arrests in other rape cases.
“My client is just upset at how long this has been taking,” David said on Monday.
The teen was allegedly in a car with two male friends in Calvert Vaux Park when the two detectives, Edward Martins and Richard Hall, stopped them at around 8 p.m., as reported by the Daily News. The detectives then allegedly handcuffed the woman after finding marijuana and a legally-prescribed drug next to her, but her friends were free to go. The friends were allegedly told that the woman would be brought to Coney Island’s 60th Precinct, but instead the detectives were said to have brought her to the Chipotle.
After the alleged incident took place, she was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found signs of sexual assault and called police, according to reports. The detectives argued that the sex was consensual, a high-ranking police source told the Daily News.
David said the DA provided no timetable for the duration of the investigation.