(Scroll down for video) Two men were arrested on charges of assault as a hate crime after allegedly beating a woman because she is transgender, prosecutors in New York said.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that Mashawn Sonds, 25, of Brownsville, has been arraigned on a nine-count indictment in which he is charged with first-degree assault as a hate crime for allegedly striking the 28-year-old transgender woman in the head with a two by four piece of plexiglass, causing severe injuries.
A second defendant indicted in the attack will be arraigned later this month.
Mashawn of Hegeman Avenue, was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, on an indictment in which he is charged with first-degree assault as a hate crime, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault as a hate crime, two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree menacing as a hate crime and third-degree menacing.
The defendant was ordered held on $250,000. Another defendant, Tyquan Eversley, 17, of Bradford Street in East New York, was arrested in connection with the attack.
His bail was set at $17,500. Each of the defendants faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top charge.
According to the police investigation, the 28-year-old transgender woman was walking with a gay male friend when she was approached by the defendants, who allegedly yelled “we don’t want f*****s on our block,” among other things.
It is alleged that Eversley then struck the victim, Kimball Hartman, with a filled garbage bag, knocking her to the ground. He then allegedly continued to assault her, as Sonds and two unapprehended others continued to yell homophobic slurs.
Sonds allegedly then picked up a piece of plexiglass and swung it at Hartman. As she tried to get away, he allegedly threw the plexiglass and struck her in the head.
The victim (who) was knocked unconscious, began seizing and suffered profuse bleeding from the back of her head. She sustained a traumatic brain injury, underwent surgery to her skull, and will likely suffer permanent injuries.