Khari Covington, 29, faces a variety of charges on a 52-count charge, including hate crimes in Brooklyn.
According to a testimony from Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Covington was charged Wednesday for alleged attacks on seven women in the East Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods. The brutal attacks occurred between August 5, 2020 and January 4, 2021.
“The defendant allegedly assaulted seven women he targeted because they were women and fair-skinned. This is evident from his testimony to investigators,” Gonzalez said.
Covington, who was living in a temporary shelter in East Williamsburg, is charged with assault, burglary and strangulation. The crimes are being investigated by the district attorney’s hate crimes office, the statement said.
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Gonzalez incriminated the 29-year-old’s violent acts, which promised to prosecute the man.
“The alleged violent and unprovoked attacks by this defendant endangered the women he targeted and caused widespread fear in the community. I am determined to prosecute all hate crimes in which victims, as alleged in this case, are attacked because of their gender, color or race, ”he said.
Morgan Avenue train station is where five of the malicious attacks took place. The other two happened in a smoking shop on Wilson Avenue and in a building near the subway station.
NBC 4 reported that the accused slapped his victims in the face, threw them to the ground and hit them from behind.
“He came out of nowhere. He started beating me. It hit my face, my chest and my shoulder, “said victim Bianca Fortis.
Another victim, Elizabeth Wakefield, told the news agency, “He came down behind me and he must have kicked me – from the angle and from what I gathered – from the back in the side of the face and head. My immediate thought after it happened to me was, I really hope this doesn’t happen to someone else again. “
Covington bail is $ 150,000. His next appearance in court is on April 13, according to the prosecutor.
The defendant is considered a “mandatory violent persistent criminal” and has to live 25 years in prison if convicted as a defendant.