Three teens arrested for a violent Chinatown rape, burglary and robbery have all pleaded guilty, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced on Friday.
Emanuel Burrowes, 17, pleaded guilty to all of the charges that were brought against him in the June 1, 2015 attack, including rape in the first degree, burglary in the first degree as a sexually motivated felony and burglary and robbery in the second degree, according to a press release. Co-defendants Sanat Asliev and Eric Pek, also both 17, have already pleaded guilty to the same charges.
“In just two hours, these defendants committed a spree of violent felonies across downtown neighborhoods,” Vance said in the press release. “The actions taken by these young men are truly unforgivable. No prison sentence can account for the pain and trauma that these defendants caused the survivor in this case, but I hope that these convictions will provide a sense of closure for her.”
The defendants reportedly left their Brooklyn shelter in the middle of the night and made their way to Chinatown. According to authorities, at 3:30 a.m, the defendants "repeatedly touched a barely conscious 33-year-old woman … as she tried to push them away” while in an internet cafe.
Then, the defendants took the woman to a nearby stairwell and "violently raped her" before stealing her cell phone, keys, identification and credit cards. They used the stolen keys to break into her Chelsea apartment, according to Vance.
After the attack, the victim searched for help and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Members of the NYPD's Manhattan's Special Victims Squad caught the defendants in Brooklyn the following day.
“I commend this woman for the bravery she exhibited following this horrific attack," Vance said in a statement after the attack.