Khari Covington, 29, is facing eight hate crimes charges for the subway attacks and one count of attempted robbery as a hate crime
Seven attacks occured in transit, with at least five assaults taking place at the same Brooklyn subway station at Morgan Avenue
Police characterized the incidents as ‘random’ attacks, which occurred over a six week period
He is also facing two counts of attempted robberies outside the subway
Covington lives at a homeless shelter two blocks from the train station
In each instance, a woman in her 20s or 30s was randomly attacked and punched in the head
A man has been arrested after carrying out a suspected string of random assaults on ‘light-skinned’ women at a Brooklyn subway station.
Khari Covington, 29, was arrested and charged with a slew of hate crimes on Tuesday.
He is accused of attacking nine women on separate occasions in East Williamsburg since last August.
Seven of the alleged assaults occurred within the Morgan Avenue subway station.
Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Attacking At Least 9 Women In Brooklyn
Two other assaults happened on the streets above.
Covington lives at a homeless shelter two blocks from the train station.
In the first incident, Covington is alleged to have pushed a woman who had been jogging and then punched her.
His arrest comes a day after police said he also assaulted a 27-year-old worker at a smoke shop on Wilson Avenue near Noll Street at about 4:50 p.m.
Covington appears to have targeted light-skinned women, according to the New York Post, in a pattern of attacks that started in early November and carried on until last week.
Covington is accused of attacking nine women on separate occasions in East Williamsburg since last August.
Seven of the alleged assaults occurred in transit, mainly at the Morgan Avenue subway station, while two were committed nearby on street level, police said.Covington seemed to target light-skinned women including Bianca Fortis.
Fortis criticized the NYPD for not doing enough to stop the attacks that continued for weeks
Most of the female victims were in their 20s police said on Monday as the revealed that Covington is also suspected of assaulting a 27-year-old worker at a smoke shop in Brooklyn. That attack occurred on Monday.
Covington marched into the shop and went behind the counter, knocking the worker to the ground and putting his arm around her neck before trying to steal items from the business.
His arrest drew criticism from one of Covington’s victims who expressed disappointment that the NYPD had not alerted the public of the pattern of assaults that was occurring.
Covington marched into the shop and went behind the counter, knocking her to the ground and putting his arm around her neck before trying to steal items from the business.
‘I was stunned that this had happened so many times,’ Bianca Fortis, a 32-year-old journalist, said Monday.
‘I didn’t see any police stationed there. There were no flyers,’ said Fortis, who was left with a bruised face, shoulder and chest during her attack.
Covington has been charged with eight counts of assault as a hate crime and one count of attempted robbery as a hate crime, according to the NYPD.