Khari Covington, 29, is going through a large number of fees in a 52-count indictment, together with hate crimes in Brooklyn.
In keeping with a press release from Brooklyn District Legal professional Eric Gonzalez, Covington was indicted on Wednesday for allegedly attacking seven girls within the East Williamsburg and Bushwick sections of the borough. The brutal assaults occurred between August 5, 2020, and January 4, 2021.
“The defendant allegedly assaulted seven girls, whom he focused as a result of they have been girls and light-skinned, in line with his statements to investigators,” Gonzalez mentioned.
Covington, who resided in a transitional dwelling facility in East Williamsburg, is accused of assault, housebreaking and strangulation. The crimes are being investigated the District Legal professional’s Hate Crimes Bureau, the assertion reported.
Gonzalez weighed on the 29-year-old’s violent offenses promising to prosecute the person.
“This defendant’s alleged violent and unprovoked assaults endangered the ladies he focused and brought about widespread worry in the neighborhood. I’m dedicated to prosecuting all hate crimes the place victims, together with as alleged on this case, are focused due to their gender, pores and skin coloration or race,” he said.
The Morgan Avenue prepare station is the placement the place 5 of the vicious assaults came about. The opposite two occurred at a smoke store on Wilson Avenue and a constructing close to the subway station.
NBC 4 reported that the defendant punched his victims within the face, knocked them all the way down to the bottom and hit them from behind.
“He got here out of nowhere. He began punching me. He hit my face, my chest, my shoulder,” mentioned sufferer Bianca Fortis.
One other sufferer, Elizabeth Wakefield, instructed the information outlet, “He was coming down behind me, and he will need to have — from the angle and from what I’ve gathered — kicked me within the aspect of the face and head from behind. My fast thought after it occurred to me was, I actually hope this doesn’t occur once more to anyone else.”
Covington’s bail is ready for $150,000. His subsequent courtroom look is on April 13, in line with the prosecutor.
The defendant is “thought of a compulsory violent persistent felony offender” and faces 25 years to life in jail if convicted as charged.