A father forced to leave a New York playground before his daughter was gang-raped by five teenagers has said he had no choice but run away.
The man said he his daughter were confronted by the youths in Osborne playground in Brooklyn - before they aimed a gun at his head and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave.
Speaking to ABC Eyewitness News, the unidentified man said: "The one put a gun in my face telling me to run, and all of them had their way with her."
The girl's father said the pair had been having a drink near the handball court when they were accosted.
He said he felt that if he had stayed and fought the men, they would have killed him.
As he did not have a mobile phone, he ran to nearby off-licence where he begged for help - but claimed staff refused to call the police.
When police officers reached the scene 15 minutes later, the suspects had gone.
Four teenage suspects, aged 14-17, are in custody pending charges.
Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams said: "A rape takes place on the Upper East Side, it would not take two days for that information to come out, and the people to be protected, and the people to be aware."
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