Charges Dropped Against Three Teens in Central Park Sexual Assault

Three men won't face charges in pre-dawn Central Park attack.

By Alice McQuillan and Linda Dimyan
|  Friday, Jun 11, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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Charges Dropped Against Three Teens in Central Park Sexual Assault

Police say the suspects were caught on surveillance video in a nearby store.

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Three teenagers arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a woman who ran topless out of Central Park won't be facing charges, authorities said Thursday.

"As the investigation continued, prosecutors determined it was not appropriate to bring charges at this time," said a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Three 18-year-olds -- Shawn Martinez, Kevin Dalrymple, and Robert Gonzalez -- will not face any charges for the alleged attack in the pre-dawn hours Sunday on a 23-year-old woman who had been hanging out with them.

The woman's account of what happened had changed several times and investigators were not confident in bringing the case, sources said.

The alleged victim said that she met the teens while riding a subway from the Bronx into Manhattan and then went into Central Park with them to smoke marijuana, according to cops.

She claimed that as she was leaving the park, the men pulled her back, tore off her shirt and bra and sexually attacked her, police said. She ran out of the park topless until a passing cab driver gave her a shirt and called 911, cops said.

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