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A Brooklyn teenager has admitted to sexually assaulting a 50-year-old female shopkeeper in Richmond Hill this past May, prosecutors announced on Monday.

Donovan Fenton, 17, of Bedford-Stuyvesant also pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree robbery, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“At 17, most youngsters are looking forward to college and careers,” Brown said. “This defendant, however, is facing a lengthy term of incarceration.”

Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter indicated he will order Fenton to serve 20 years in prison when the defendant is sentenced on July 24.

According to the charges, Fenton walked into a discount store on May 6. The woman working at the store felt uncomfortable and asked him to leave. He returned moments later, where he threatened the 50-year-old woman with a knife.

Police said Fenton threatened to kill the victim, then forced her down to the shop’s basement with him. He then forced the victim to perform oral sex on him at knifepoint before raping her. He then fled the scene on foot after stealing approximately $60 from the store.

After her initial encounter with Fenton, police say the victim called a friend, asking her to stay on the line with her. The friend called 911, and officers arrived on the scene, shortly thereafter, cops obtained a description of Fenton, and found him less than three blocks from the store.

The investigation was conducted by detectives and officers from the 102nd Precinct and the Queens Special Victims Squad.

Fenton also committed two armed robberies days before the rape, according to the charges. On April 30, the defendant walked into a deli wielding a knife and a bandana covering his face, demanding cash from the employee. On May 5, the defendant walked into a discount store wearing the same bandana and armed with a knife, and robbed the store of cash from the register.

 

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