NEW YORK CITY — A man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl and throwing her out of a Brooklyn rooftop claimed he wasn't guilty at a Saturday arraignment.
Antonio Owensford, 26, pled not guilty to rape and attempted murder charges and was held without bail, a spokeswoman at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said.
“Everything was consensual,” Owensford’s lawyer, Christopher Hoyt, told the Daily News. “He (Owensford) denied any force.”
Anwar Desouza, 24, who allegedly helped lure the 16-year-old girl into the rooftop, was also arraigned Saturday. He was charged with predatory sexual assault and was held with a $250,000 bail according to the DA's office.
The brutal crime happened on July 14 in East New York when Owensford and Desouza allegedly convinced the teenager to go the roof of a Brooklyn building on 435 Miller Ave., police said.
The girl, whose name was not released, survived the fall and was taken to Brookdale Hospital with arm, leg, and neck injuries, police said.
Owensford’s next court date is July 25 and Desouza’s is July 23, according to the Department of Corrections. Both were arrested Friday.