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Old 01-02-2021, 02:59 PM
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Man suspected of randomly slugging women at NYC subway stop back on the street days later
By Dean Balsamini and Tina Moore
January 2, 2021 | 3:25pm | Updated

A man suspected of randomly punching four women at a Brooklyn subway station over the holiday season was busted in connection with the terrifying nighttime attacks last week — but was released from custody only days later, The Post has learned.

The incidents happened between Nov. 17 and Dec. 28, as the women, aged 24 to 32, walked on stairs or ramps of the Morgan Avenue L train stop in East Williamsburg, according to police, who never publicized the disturbing spate of assaults.

On Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was approached from behind on the stairs by a stranger who punched her “multiple times” in the face and then fled. The stunned victim suffered cuts to her forehead and nose.

On Dec. 11 at 9:15 p.m., an assailant set upon a 24-year-old victim “while going the stairs,” punched her from behind on the left side of the face, “causing pain, redness, and swelling.”

The attacker struck again the day after Christmas at 8:50 p.m., sucker-punching a 26-year-old woman in the left eye as she walked down the station stairs.

Two days later, at 4:55 p.m., a 32-year-old victim told police she stepped off the train and was walking toward the token booth when a stranger “suddenly” socked her in the face, “causing a laceration, bruising and swelling.” The victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital.

On Wednesday police canvassed the area with the victim of the Dec. 26 assault, and she identified Benny Watts, 50, to cops, who arrested him, a law enforcement source said.

Watts’ last known address was a housing project in the East Village, police said. Authorities would not say if Watts had prior arrests or mental health problems, nor could they provide a motive.

“This is a guy who randomly punches women in a subway station. Make your own conclusion,” a law enforcement source told The Post.

None of the victims was robbed. Cops would not comment when asked if the attacks were motivated by gender or race.

Watts was initially charged with four counts of third-degree assault, police said. But the other three victims could not ID him as their alleged attacker, a law enforcement source told The Post. So Watts was charged only in connection with the Dec. 26 incident — a single misdemeanor.

“The investigation is continuing,” said Brooklyn District Attorney spokesman Oren Yaniv.

By Friday, Watts was already back on the street, after a judge released him following a virtual arraignment.

“He (Watts) was charged with assault in the third degree, which is not eligible for bail under the law,” said Yaniv.

No weapon was used in the Dec. 26 incident and the victim declined medical attention, Yaniv said.

Authorities could not immediately say if Watts was let go on his own recognizance or supervised release, or whether any other conditions were imposed.

The NYPD would not say if they believed the spree was the latest incarnation of the twisted “knockout game,” where the goal is to slug an unsuspecting stranger into unconsciousness.

A cement company sits next to the entrance to the subway station at Morgan Avenue and Harrison Place in the mostly industrial neighborhood, which is a magnet for Brooklyn hipsters.

On Thursday, two cops were spotted patrolling the Morgan Avenue station before stepping onto an L train.

Asked if they were familiar with the attacks, the officers answered: “That’s why we’re here.”
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Fifth female victim reports random attack at B’klyn subway station
By Sara Dorn, David Meyer and Tina Moore
January 3, 2021 | 5:23pm | Updated

A fifth woman has reported being punched by a stranger at the same Brooklyn subway station, cops said Sunday.

A man was busted in connection with four of the East Williamsburg attacks last week, then released from custody by Friday, The Post reported. The fifth alleged attack at the station occurred Saturday, although it is unclear if it is tied to the others.

In the latest incident, a 26-year-old woman told police she was on the stairs of the Morgan Avenue L train stop Saturday night when a man pushed her against a wall and punched her several times in the left side of her face around 10 p.m., cops said.

Her attacker was wearing a facial covering and fled the station, cops said. The woman was treated on the scene.

The four incidents happened between Nov. 17 and Dec. 28, when the women, ages 24 to 32, were walking on stairs or ramps at the station, according to police, who never publicized the assaults. They included:

On Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was approached from behind on the stairs by a stranger who punched her “multiple times” in the face and fled. The victim suffered cuts to her forehead and nose.
On Dec. 11 at 9:15 p.m., an assailant set upon a 24-year-old victim on the stairs and punched her from behind on the left side of the face, “causing pain, redness, and swelling.”

The attacker struck again the day after Christmas at 8:50 p.m., sucker-punching a 26-year-old woman in the left eye as she walked down the station stairs.
Two days later, at 4:55 p.m., a 32-year-old victim told police she stepped off the train and was walking toward the token booth when a stranger “suddenly” socked her in the face, “causing a laceration, bruising and swelling.” The victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital.

On Wednesday, police canvassed the area with the victim of the Dec. 26 assault, and she identified Benny Watts, 50, to cops, a law-enforcement source said. Watts was arrested and then released again by the end of the week.

Watts’s last known address was a housing project in the East Village, police said.

Authorities would not say if Watts had prior arrests. They also didn’t give a motive.
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Subway assault victim ‘stunned’ and ‘scared’ after assailant’s release
By David Meyer
January 4, 2021 | 4:43pm | Updated

One of at least five victims of a string of attacks at a Brooklyn subway stop ripped the NYPD Monday for what she believes is a failure to keep women who use the station safe.

“I was stunned that this had happened so many times. I didn’t see any police stationed there. There were no flyers,” Bianca Fortis said Monday, a week after the attack in East Williamsburg’s Morgan Ave. station.

The attack left the 32-year-old journalist with multiple bruises on her face, shoulder and chest. On Saturday, another woman was attacked at the same location — bringing the total number of police-reported incidents there to five.

“There’s not enough security,” Fortis told The Post.

“After it happened the first time, or certainly the second, there should have been more information. Even just a flyer saying be on alert.”

Fortis was exiting the station at around 5 p.m. on Dec. 28 when a masked man came up from behind and starting hitting her, she said. She screamed and after a few seconds, the man ran away.

Days later, cops arrested Benny Watts, 50, of Manhattan, in connection to the attack and three others against young women at the station on Nov. 17, Dec. 11 and Dec. 26 — all of them on the station’s exit stairs and ramps.

Prosecutors charged Watts with just one count of third degree assault, after three of the victims could not confirm he was their attacker. A judge released him on Friday because the charge is not bail eligible.

An NYPD spokesman said Morgan Ave. station has been a special post with extra cops since Nov. 29, and became a fixed post for officers after Fortis was attacked.

“Cops are there at the station,” the spokesman insisted.

The assault left Fortis afraid for herself and her neighbors. She said she’s avoided the Morgan stop at all costs — despite its close proximity to her home — and feels a jolt of terror whenever someone walks close to her on the street.

Those fears and frustrations boiled over after The Post reported Saturday that the suspected assailant was released, she said. A fifth woman was attacked at the same station that night, though she told The Post on Monday her assailant did not match Watts’ description.

“I have no idea what he looks like. If he’s walking around my neighborhood, I wouldn’t even know. That makes me really nervous,” she said.

“I don’t feel safe, and I also feel scared for other young women in the area. The concern is that this is going to keep happening.”

Authorities have not said whether Watts suffers from any cognitive or emotional ailments.

Still, Fortis insisted he needs help, not punishment.

“I do think he needs some kind of help, and I don’t think letting him roam freely to do it again almost immediately after being released is the solution,” she said.

“I don’t want people to politicize my trauma. This isn’t about bail reform, it’s about finding better solutions to keep women safe.”
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Man busted for series of attacks on women in NYC subway station
By Joe Marino and Kenneth Garger
January 6, 2021 | 12:20am | Updated

A man suspected in a string of random assaults on women at a Brooklyn subway station was arrested Tuesday and charged with a slew of hate crimes, authorities said.

Khari Covington, 29, is accused of attacking nine women in separate instances in East Williamsburg since last August, according to police.

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 targeted light-skinned women , sources said.

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.

Police said Covington barged into the store and went behind the counter, where he punched the woman, knocked her to the ground and wrapped his arm around her neck.

Covington also allegedly tried to steal from the business but left empty-handed. The victim in the latest attack *refused medical attention.

The arrest also came after one of the women recently attacked in the subway slammed the NYPD for not alerting the public of the assault pattern.

“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 multiple bruises on the face, shoulder and chest when she was attacked while exiting the station on Dec. 28.


Khari Covington

Police had previously arrested 50-year-old Benny Watts in connection with her attack and three others at the station.

But a senior NYPD official told NBC New York that Watts was arrested in error and his charges were voided.

Covington’s alleged spree inside the Morgan Avenue station began on Nov. 11, and his most recent attack was Saturday, police said.

Most of the victims were in their 20s, according to police.

In the first reported incident related to his Tuesday arrest, Covington allegedly shoved a woman who had just finished jogging outside an apartment building on Morgan Avenue near Rock Street last August.

Covington was charged with eight counts of assault as a hate crime and one count of attempted robbery as a hate crime, according to cops.
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Man, 29, is charged with hate crimes for 'beating nine light-skinned women in random attacks over six weeks' at Brooklyn subway station two blocks from his homeless shelter

Khari Covington, 29, is facing eight hate crimes charges for the subway attacks
At least five assaults took place at the same Brooklyn station at Morgan Avenue
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






Covington is accused of attacking nine women on separate occasions in East Williamsburg since last August. Covington seemed to target light-skinned women including Bianca Fortis
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