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Suspect in Gang Sex Attack on Churchgoing Lady Confesses to Crime, DA Says

By Katherine Lavacca | July 14, 2017 6:26pm | Updated on July 17, 2017 8:01am
 Three men were charged in a sex attack on a woman as she left a Jamaica church on July 11, 2017.
Three men were charged in a sex attack on a woman as she left a Jamaica church on July 11, 2017.
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KEW GARDENS — A man charged with sexually assaulting a churchgoing woman in Jamaica admitted to taking part in the crime, prosecutors said Friday afternoon.

Another man charged in the crime admitted to being there, but denied taking part, and a third man was implicated by the other two in the attack, according to the Queens District Attorney.

All of the men face the same charges, including criminal sex act, robbery and sex abuse, prosecutor said.

Brandon Walker, 20, Julisses Ginel, 19, and Justin Williams, 17, who were all new residents of a South Road homeless shelter, confronted a woman at gunpoint about 10:30 p.m. on July 11 after she left Celestial Church of God, demanding she hand over her wallet and MetroCard, according to the criminal complaint.

When that wasn’t enough Walker told the 50-year-old woman to undress and perform oral sex on them. She initially refused, prompting Ginel to yell, “If she doesn’t suck our d---s, shoot her,” according prosecutors.

Williams and Ginel both said they were there, but only identified themselves in surveillance footage that shows the three entering and leaving the area, authorities said.

A fourth unidentified man who was also present is still at large.

Ginel said he was at the scene of the crime and saw the woman naked, but denied partaking in the act itself, according to prosecutors.

“I went to get condoms to help out my boys,” Ginel said. “When I returned the third one was finishing.”

Walker gave no statements, but was identified by Ginel and Williams on the surveillance footage.

The victim identified all three men in a line up, officials said.

Prosecutors said police recovered the guns after the suspects threw them away from the crime scene and  DNA evidence from a condom thrown away at the scene.

Williams and Ginel also admitted to robbing three men of their wallets and phones at gunpoint the night of July 12.

Additionally, they told officers Walker and another man participated in those crimes, according to statements read at the men's arraignment by ADA Eric Rosenbaum and Debra Lynn Pomodore Friday afternoon.

Each of the men are being held at $500,000 each for the sexual assault and will appear in court again July 28.