Disturbing new video captures the brutal beating Monday of a 27-year-old girl who was one of many alleged victims of a homeless man suspected in no less than 9 assaults on girls in Brooklyn since August.
The footage exhibits a person alleged to be Khari Covington, 29, who’s seen violently pummeling an worker at a Brooklyn smoke store shortly earlier than 5 p.m. Monday.
“I was very scared,” sufferer Tina Francisco, 27, informed The Submit on Wednesday. “I guess I put up a fight, but it didn’t feel like it at the time.”
“I grabbed a pair of dull scissors,” she mentioned. “That was the first thing I could find. And I tried to do something with it, but it didn’t really make a big difference.”
“He just wanted to hurt me and feel powerful.”
Covington was arrested the next day and charged with eight counts of assault as a hate crime and one depend of tried theft as a hate crime.
Police mentioned he’s accused of attacking seven girls at transit stations — primarily the Morgan Avenue subway station — and two others above floor.
Covington has 21 prior arrests, together with eight instances that are actually sealed, sources mentioned.
Benjamin Bates, a co-worker of Francisco’s on the Sunflower Glass Firm Smoke Store, mentioned Covington had been hanging across the neighborhood for months.
“It’s painful to watch the video,” Bates mentioned Wednesday. “This is a family business with only five employees, and even though none of us are blood we treat it like that.”
“He’s been hanging around,” he mentioned of Covington. “He lived in a homeless shelter down the street and he had started flirting with the (female employees), being a little creepy with them over the months. We had no idea this would happen.”
Covington was awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Prison Court docket Wednesday night time.