By Sasha Gonzales
A man accused of raping a woman on a Bronx rooftop allegedly said the victim deserved her treatment “because this is what they did to us during slavery,” according to court papers filed in the case.
Temar Bishop, 23, who police charged with assault with a weapon as a hate crime—along with rape, predatory sex assault, attempted murder, and other crimes—is accused of punching, kicking, and raping the 20-year-old victim on the roof of his apartment building on Alexander Avenue in Mott Haven on June 1, the records show.
Bishop, who is African-American, allegedly returned to the crime scene with a witness, to whom he remarked about the victim: “She was a white girl. She deserved it because us minorities have been through slavery.”
“This is what they used to do to us,” he allegedly told the witness, according to the criminal complaint. “This is what they did to us during slavery. They used to beat us and whip us.”
The victim suffered a broken nose and teeth, and vomited blood after the attack, the complaint states.
She was taken to a local hospital and is recovering from her injuries.
Bishop was arrested June 14 and ordered held without bail at his arraignment the following day, records show.
He is on probation for a previous robbery conviction, for which he served a little more than a year behind bars, records show.