DA: Brooklyn man charged in 52-count indictment in 7 attacks on women in East Williamsburg
An East Williamsburg man was arraigned today in a 52-count indictment in connection to seven attacks on women in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that Khari Covington, 29, was indicted on numerous charges of assault, strangulation and burglary as hate crimes for allegedly targeting light-skinned women.
“This defendant’s alleged violent and unprovoked attacks endangered the women he targeted and caused widespread fear in the community,” Gonzalez says. “I am committed to prosecuting all hate crimes where victims, including as alleged in this case, are targeted because of their gender, skin color or race.”
The incident spanned over five months, beginning in August 2020 until Covington was arrested in January 2021.
Covington, who resides in a transitional housing center, had his bail set at $150,000.
He is required to return to court on April 13.
He is considered a mandatory violent persistent felony offender and faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.