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NYPD Arrests, Suspends Off-Duty Officer Michael Pena On Rape Charges

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty New York City police officer is behind bars after being accused of raping a woman Friday morning in Manhattan.

Michael Pena, an officer since 2008, has been suspended without pay after the alleged incident in which a 25-year-old teacher said she was raped in Inwood.

The Victim Was On Her Way To Work When The Alleged Rape Occurred. WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond Reports.

Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said Pena, described by authorities as being very drunk, asked for directions to the subway.  When the woman refused, he allegedly opened his jacket to display a handgun and told the woman “you’re coming with me.”

Pena, who was coming off an overnight shift, allegedly forced the woman to the courtyard of a building on 217th Street and raped her.  Police said a resident of the building noticed something happening and called 911.

Authorities Say Officer Pena Was Drunk. 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Reports.

Sources told CBS 2 that when police arrived, the woman came running toward them screaming, “he raped me, he raped me.” Pena was arrested on the spot and police found his badge and ID in his pocket and the gun on the ground.

The victim was taken to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and treated.

Friday night at Pena’s mother’s home, the family of the officer had no interest in talking.

“I don’t believe it,” Pena’s brother told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Does this alleged incident change your opinion of the NYPD? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Terrance Wood

    I’d really hope this man didn’t do this, sparing his condemnation. My gut tells me that he earned this article.

  • Antonia Belizza

    As a resident of Inwood, I am appalled by the behavior of the NYPD. Those comments that suggest the race is the reason for the rape are based on ignorance. There is no one to blame for the rape other than that officer. He should be ashamed of himself because he has tarnished the name of both the police and his family.
    As a young single woman, I am now frightened by the NYPD. This is the second incident in the pass 8 months that involve officers in the NYPD and some sexual misconduct. I wonder, am I even safe from police officers now? I used to think that if I walk by, they are the only people I don’t have to be scared of – it seems that I can no longer stand by that.

  • pooh pooh

    EVIL- Every Villain Is Lemon.

  • Dee Light

    Why is Inwood Hill so full of rapists?

  • tony

    this is a legacy from offices Mata and Moreno

  • Yazdi Chichgar

    I am an Auxiliary P.O. (and very proud of it !) and we are the eyes and ears of the NYPD. We patrol the streets at no charge to Govt and we do this to help our community and keep it safe.We are in very close contact with the regular officers on and off duty.But for the few don’t badger the NYPD .I am sure there are still such officers within the rank and file of the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies and such people exist everywhere in and out of uniform but don’t condemn the entire Police Dept for that. We are devastated when we hear such news.

  • Ron Wallenburg

    Off the wall comment here, but you can tell cops are thugs who ignore the law just by the “file photo” of the cop car sitting in the middle of the painted crosswalk while pedetrians, including a woman with small children, have to walk outside the cross walk to get around the car.

  • Rodin

    I am a flaming transvestite and I play with myself in public.

  • bill burns

    Filthy latino pig.

    • Marty

      I guess Police Officers Joseph Gray and Justin Volpe were also Latinos? Just to clarify who they are for ignorant bigots like yourself-Grey mowed down a pregnant woman, her three old son and her sister while driving drunk and instantly killed them all. Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a plunger in the presence of other white sodomites. I guess these acts are permissible because when your WHITE Your ALRIGHT!

  • Ron

    I guess this pig figured if my co-workers can do it and get away with it, so can I. Typical of pigs to think they’re above the law and that goes from the best cop to the worst cop! They all have that “above the law” mentality! Sad!

  • Rah Rah

    Sleeping with your wife

  • Frank

    He will go to jail then become a NYC firefighter. There worse than the cops

  • Robert

    Police are the same as everyone else. For some reason you guys think you should be treated better or more than just a civil servant. You work for us to help out citizens of the city but spend most of your time saying you are great or better.. Guess what you guys are worse. Your meaningless degree to do what ? be a cop ? Get real and look for a real job where you have reviews and are fired for cheaper labor overseas. Cops should say thanks for paying them and their pentions. Don’t worry the city is going to stop those soon enough

    • Anti b

      What would you animals do without the NYPD? This guy is probably a minority!! that’s what happens when you lower the standards

      • Sabrina McNock-Harris

        WOW, you are a complete MORON and obviously a skinhead. Miss your KKK meeting??

    • Julie

      I agree. With you Rob.

    • Marty


      If your going to make ignorant commentaries you should at least learn how to spell.

  • Ghostchaser

    It is hard enough for the NYPD being tarnished by the actions of a drunk rapist and the two previous cops. The process to hire new cops is long and with an intensive background check. But some slip by all the interviews. So 30,000 or so officers are discredited. As to “Like it is’ letter which states,

    Another Member of the Community arrested for their unsatiable sexual appetites.This Affirmative action and givig preference to City Residents is working out nicely. Garbage in, garbage out I always say.Police Deprtment ruined, Fire Department is next.

    I am a Police Officer/Retired Military. I am also an American of Puerto Rican heritage.. Affirmative action may have played a role in my being hired but I do not think so. I hold a BS in Criminal Justice and perfect 4.0 average. (I work in the south at the will of the Sheriff) So you suggest as a minority I have an unsatiable sexual appetite. (I do love sex thats for sure) Your comments are yours but you are painting many “Affirmative action hired LEO and Firefighters as ruining the NYPD. GROW UP AND STOP BLAMING A RACE OR GROUP for the action of a few. The NYPD is respected by many law enforcement officers you sound like a MOS so act like one,

  • Wendy

    Its a real shame, the ones that are SUPPOSED to protect the public are the ones commiting these gruesome crimes, they need to be treated just like any other criminal and be given stiff sentences.

    • Ron

      Agreed! Yet instead, they’re given preferential treatment if they get arrested at all. Sad!

      • Like it is!

        The city and it’s minority preferential hiring is killing our public safety occupations. If you hire people who don’t know how to act and were never taught how to act by two parents what else can you expect? Reaise the standards and take only the best instead of the crud that has been hored the last ten years. If the Police Department allows sub standard hiring because of the lowered standards what else can the people of NYC expect than what it is now getting.

  • George Pease

    Ron.B Your never know what a person will be until they do something such as this. Every cop as with every soldier takes a sworn oath. A bad cop is worse than the worst criminal in the world. So is a soldier. Why? Because they are sworn to uphold the law and protect us. We trust them with our lives. We obey the policmen’s every command. When they violate that trust and cross that line, they are the lowest of the low. I am glad that finally the brotherhood is recognizing this and not protecting them (at least more and more of them). I admire the police force in general and hold what I feel as a camaraderie among them as I spent 20 some years in the military for which there are a great deal of similarities in what we do. The majority of the nations police force uphold their oath in high esteem and reinforces it every day even though they face the low lives of our Country on a day to day basis.. Sadly those very, very few as with the military, ruin it for the majority. I for one will continue to hold in high esteem and respect our police and pray that I will never run into one of those that betray the people and their office and their fellow officers. The police along with the military’s unwavering brotherhood needs to lower the threshold of tolerance before it ecalates to the level of this crime. I think this is happening abeit ever so slowly,

    • lydiass

      Another PO shamed. Where are the NYPD spouses posting on this forum that he was framed.I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

      • Terrance Wood

        I want to devise a virus that brings dire straits to your environment. Crushing your bawts with a mild touch. Trash your whole computer system and revert you to papyrus.

  • ed

    Why is it 15 min. after they arrest someone we see a perk walk to and from police station. Why know perk walk ?? BLUE WALL ??

    • ned

      goofus, its PERP walk, as in perpetrator.

    • Perk Walks are for Coffee!

      When i go for a “Perk Walk” it normally involves coffee, not a supposed rapist. The walks you refer to are done after the person is arrested at the police precinct and is going to a place where processing will be completed. It can take a day for that to happen, be patient.

    • ed

      ooops NOOOO perk walk Just upset about the fairness

    • Marty

      Ed I hope for your sake that English is not your first language because your post was entirely incoherent. In case you don’t know what that means, what you said was nothing but gibberish. What the he’ll is a “perk walk?”

  • Like it is!

    Another Member of the Community arrested for their unsatiable sexual appetites.This Affirmative action and givig preference to City Residents is working out nicely. Garbage in, garbage out I always say.Police Deprtment ruined, Fire Department is next.

    • badman

      I guess you’re part of that “garbage in.” when are you gonna go be “garbage out”?

  • The Facts

    Evil people are found in every profession. No organization will ever be totally pure. This incident is not an excuse to bash an entire department.

  • joey from B'hurst

    Another PO shamed. Where are the NYPD spouses posting on this forum that he was framed.

  • RON.B


    • ned

      nypd always had rapists, didn’t the good people of the jury let a couple of them go this past year?

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