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Man who brutally raped woman, 20, on Bronx rooftop allegedly said she deserved it 'because minorities have been through slavery'

A 23-year-old man who brutally beat up and raped a 20-year-old woman said that 'they did to us during slavery'.
UPDATED JUN 19, 2019

23-year-old Temar Bishop who was on parole was arrested for raping and brutally assaulting a white woman on the roof of his Bronx apartment building. He allegedly told a witness that she "deserved" the attack because of slavery, the New York Post reported citing court papers. 

Bishop, who is a black male, allegedly spoke to someone who had seen the bloodied victim after the assault and said, "She was a white girl. She deserved it because us minorities have been through slavery. This is what they used to do to us. This is what they did to us during slavery. They used to beat us and whip us," according to a criminal complaint. Bishop was arrested in Virginia on various charges connected to the gruesome attack which took place on June 1. 

According to the authorities, officials have called it a hate crime. The 20-year-old victim had met Bishop at around 5 am and joined him on the rooftop of the public housing building on Alexander Avenue next to East 137th Street in Mott Haven, the police shared. Bishop was on parole after serving a year behind bars for a robbery had allegedly punched her repeatedly before raping her. He then continued the attack and kicked and punched her in the head and body until she became unconscious. 

Bishop then fled from the scene but returned with the anonymous witness who saw the woman "laying on the roof landing with blood covering her face" when he made the comments about slavery. The complaint states that the victim was treated at a nearby hospital for her many injuries which included a broken nose and broken teeth. She was also vomiting blood. Police sources shared with The Post that a Special Victims Division investigator had called the attack "one of the worst he’s ever seen."

Bishop was then charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, attempted murder, rape, two counts of assault, sexual abuse, assault, and a hate crime. A spokeswoman for the Bronx District Attorney's Office said that he was arraigned in a Bronx court on Saturday and was ordered held without bail.