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Fenton has also been charged with robbing two stores, including this Woodhaven shop five days before the alleged rape.
By Forum Staff
A Queens County grand jury has indicted 17-year-old Brooklun man with predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape and other crimes for the alleged attack of a 50-year-old shopkeeper on May 6.
District Attorney Brown described the actions of Donovan Fenton, saying, “The allegations in this case are very disturbing. The defendant is accused of raping a 50-year-old shopkeeper, who was forced into her store’s basement at knife-point where she was viciously violated. The defendant now faces significant jail time.”
Fenton, of MacDonough Street in Brooklyn, is charged in an eight-count indictment with predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marihuana.
If convicted, Fenton faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
At his arraignment prosecutors noted that the defendant’s DNA matched the semen from the rape kit and a fingerprint found on a door of the basement where the sexual assault is alleged to have occurred also was a match for the 17-year-old defendant.
The presiding judge noted current bail to be “wholly and absurdly inadequate” and increased the bail by $1 million to $2 million bond or $1 million.
Additional charges related to alleged robberies of two stores are pending against the defendant in Queens Criminal Court.
Fenton walked into a discount shop on Jamaica Avenue, displayed a knife and threatened to kill the woman. He then ordered the 50-year-old victim to go down into the basement with him, where at knife-point forced her to commit oral sex on him and then raped her. The defendant then fled on foot – but not before grabbing cash from the store’s register.