Two Ozone Park residents, and three others from Brooklyn, were indicted Thursday on charges that they kidnapped, raped and pimped out a Long Island teen runaway for about a week before she managed to escape the Ozone Park house that her captors had been squatting in, the Queens district attorney said.
Gary Council, 22, of Ozone Park, was charged with leading the group that allegedly picked up the 15-year-old victim in Brooklyn on Feb. 6 and brought her to a house on 101st Avenue, where she was tied down, drugged and repeatedly raped, DA Richard Brown said. Andrea Furlonge, 21, of Ozone Park, was the alleged madame who was charged with taking photos of the teen and posting them to backpage.com to advertise prostitution services, Brown said.
“This is a horrific case in which the victim, a young girl, is alleged to have survived a nightmarish ordeal that included being drugged, gang raped and forced to work as a prostitute,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “She is fortunate to have escaped. If convicted, the defendants deserve to be sentenced to lengthy terms in prison, both as punishment and to send a clear message that crimes such as this will not be tolerated in Queens County.”
The victim and her friend were walking on Jerome Street in Brooklyn when they were allegedly picked up by Junior Goldring, 23, of Brooklyn, and taken to the 101st Avenue home, where she met Council; Furlonge; and Roy McMillan, 24, of Brooklyn, according to Brown. The men were allegedly squatting in the house, the DA said.
When the victim tried to leave the house with her friend not long after they arrived, Council allegedly grabbed her by the arm and said, “You’re not going anywhere,” according to the DA.
“You are going to stay here and make my money,” Council told the teen, according to Brown.
Council then allegedly pulled the 15-year-old back inside the house and told Furlonge that the victim was a “new girl” who “was going to make a lot of money” for him, Brown said.
Between Feb. 6 and Feb. 11, the victim was allegedly forced to have sex with numerous men inside of the house in exchange for money, all of which was collected by Furlonge and given to Council, the DA said.
When the victim tried to take a shower during that time, Council allegedly grabbed her hair and demanded that she return downstairs to make money, Brown said.
Prosecutors charged that Omari Millington, 21, of Brooklyn and Council forced the victim to take two ecstasy pills on Feb. 8. The two then allegedly tied her up, and she was allegedly raped and sodomized by Council, Goldring, Millington and Renardo Williams, 22, of Brooklyn while McMillan and an unapprehended man were in the room.
The victim said she finally managed to escape when Council told her to get him something from the store across the street and she ran away.
Finally, prosecutors alleged that the actual owner of the house on 101st Avenue, Tsung Chen, 63, had arrived at the home on Jan. 21 and found that the locks had been broken off and new ones installed. Chen put a new lock on the house, but when he returned on Feb. 5, he found that had been broken and discovered that Furlonge, McMillan and Council were allegedly living in the home.
When police showed up at the house, the occupants allegedly produced lease agreements that appeared to be between Council, Furlong, McMillan and the leaseholder, who was identified as NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
Chen then returned to the house on Feb. 10 and asked the individuals to leave, but Council and McMillan allegedly told him they would do so only if he paid them $6,000 each.