The three teens who allegedly robbed and raped a woman they met at a Chinatown internet cafe were indicted yesterday. Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance called it a "shocking case," noting that not only did they sexually assault the victim and steal her belongings, they "[broke] into her apartment building in an attempt to further victimize her."
According to authorities, Sanata Asliev, 17; Emanuel Burrowes, 16; and Eric Pek, 16, "repeatedly touched a barely conscious 33-year-old woman inside an internet café at 75 Eldridge Street, as she tried to push them away" around 3:45 a.m. on June 1.
. The defendants then took the victim out of the café and into the stairwell of a nearby apartment building at 54 Eldridge Street. There, the defendants removed the victim’s clothing, beat her, and violently raped her.
In addition to sexually assaulting her, the defendants stole the victim’s personal belongings - including her cell phone, keys, identification, credit cards, and cash - before leaving her in the stairwell. They later used the stolen keys to enter her Meatpacking District apartment building. After the attack, the victim left the stairwell of 54 Eldridge Street and sought help. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. Members of the NYPD’s Manhattan Special Victims Squad apprehended the defendants in Brooklyn the next day.
The victim managed to go to a nearby deli for help. The NY Times reported that surveillance video showed, "A man with an umbrella guides her toward the deli’s entrance. She enters, holding onto the glass doors, bleeding, with her white shirt bloodstained and seemingly torn on one side. She speaks with a worker and some customers at the counter." The deli worker gave her napkins and called the police.
Another video showed the three teens entering the victim's apartment building—they put on their hoodies—and then running out when her roommate saw them.
Asliev, Burrowes and Pek had been living at a group home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and allegedly sneaked out to go to the Internet cafe. (A worker at the home was arrested for claiming the boys were in bed.) They are each charged with rape in the first degree, burglary in the first degree as a "sexually motivated felony," burglary in the second degree and robbery in the second degree.
Vance added, "I commend this woman for the bravery she exhibited following this horrific attack, as well as members of the NYPD’s Manhattan Special Victims Squad and the prosecutors in my Office’s Special Victims Bureau for their work on this case."