Suspect Charged in Brutal Rooftop Rape in Bronx
A Bronx man has been charged in the brutal rape of a woman on the roof of a Mott Haven building near a police station.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on Predatory Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder and additional charges for brutally beating and raping a young woman in his Mott Haven building.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman on the roof landing of his building. He allegedly slammed her face into the ground and stomped on her. We will pursue justice for the young woman who has been through so much trauma.”
Clark said the defendant, Temar Bishop, 23, was arraigned on two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault, first-degree Rape, Attempted Murder in the second degree, and first-degree and second-degree Assault before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas. Remand was continued and the defendant is due back in court on October 2, 2019.
According to the investigation, the defendant was with the victim at a restaurant in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx before they headed to the defendant’s building at about 5 a.m. on June 1, 2019.
Bishop allegedly took the victim to the building’s roof landing where he punched her, pulled her hair and raped her. After the sexual assault, while the victim was on the floor, the defendant allegedly kicked her about the body, and stomped on her head and body. Bishop also repeatedly slammed the victim’s face into the ground.
The young woman suffered multiple injuries to her face, including broken teeth, a large, deep laceration near her eye that required stitches, a fractured nose and a swollen left eye. She also sustained multiple bruises and swelling to her body and head, and was also vomiting blood.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Astrid Borgstedt, Trial Counsel, and Assistant District Attorney Serena Newell, both of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Rachel Ferrari, Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, and the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division. District Attorney Clark thanked Detective Carolyn Tully of the Bronx Special Victims Squad for her assistance in the investigation.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.