Fernando Sandel was one of three men who appeared in Manhattan criminal court Monday (pictured) to face accusations of gang raping three women. He was arrested in August last year at 26 years old.
Isaiah Rivera (above), Joey Cruz (below) and Fernando Sandel are accused of raping three women who had posted online ads offering sex in exchange for money and had made plans to meet with an interested party.
Isaiah Rivera, Joey Cruz and Fernando Sandel were arrested in August 2015 for raping the women and stealing their money, phones or other valuables, police said at the time.
One of the women was forced onto the roof of the building and the other two were sprayed in the face with a debilitating substance such as Mace, the New York Times reported.
All three attacks happened between June and August last year across Manhattan and the Bronx, with one of them located at the Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street and another near Gramercy Park, according to authorities.
Police first arrested Sandel, then 26, in August last year while officers kept searching for Rivera, then 31, and Cruz, then 26.
They found the remaining two suspects and detained them two days later, authorities said at the time.
Sandel, Rivera and Cruz all appeared at Manhattan criminal court Monday.
The three women had posted ads online offering sex in exchange for money and had planned to meet with an interested party, the New York Times reported.
The first attack happened on June 28, 2015, police said, when a 20-year-old woman made arrangements to meet up in the South Bronx with a man who had responded to her online ad.
Three men showed up and forced her to the roof of the building before raping her and stealing her money, according to authorities.
The woman was treated at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and released, CBS reported at the time.
The second rape occurred on August 3, police said, after another woman, who was 34 years old, arranged to meet up with a man at the Grand Hyatt hotel.
There, authorities said, the man sprayed her in the face with an unidentified substance before throwing her on the bed.
Two other men entered the room, tied her up, raped her and stole her handbag and her cellphone, police said.
The woman also received treatment at St Luke’s Hospital before being released, CBS wrote.
The third attack happened the next day, after a 32-year-old woman planned to met up with a man at her apartment near Gramercy Park, according to authorities.
The man arrived and sprayed her with Mace, then two men entered and all three tied her up, raped her and stole her laptop, her cellphone and her bracelet, police said.
The woman was treated at a local hospital.
Police would not specify which man was accused of arranging the dates and which were accused of showing up later on, the New York Post wrote after the arrests last year.
Three accused gang rapists appear in court charged with horrific string of attacks at a Grand Hyatt hotel and across Manhattan and the Bronx
Isaiah Rivera, Joey Cruz and Fernando Sandel appeared in court Monday
All three were arrested in August 2015 and accused of gang raping women
Three attacks happened between June and August last year, police said
One woman was forced onto the roof of the building and two others were sprayed in the face with a debilitating substance, according to authorities
One of the rapes happened at the Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street and another took place near Gramercy Park, police said
By CLEMENCE MICHALLON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:22 EST, 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 19:32 EST, 27 June 2016