A third suspect was arrested in an alleged “anti-white” crime that left a 57-year-old grandmother bloodied with a head injury after she was attacked on a Queens bus last month, police said.
According to CNN, 19-year-old Jahnaiya Williams was charged with assault as a hate crime and other charges. Williams was arraigned on Monday (Aug. 15) and made a court appearance
on Friday, Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz told CNN.
The incident occurred July 9 at around 6:50 p.m. on an MTA bus in Queens, according to the New York Police Department. Three girls got into a “verbal dispute” with the alleged victim, a 57-year-old white woman. One of the girls allegedly yelled, “I hate white people. I hate the way they talk.”
CBS New York reports that the woman was hit in the head with an unknown object, causing a laceration and bleeding, before the three girls fled the scene. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she received three staples in her head.
A 15- and 16-year-old were arrested after the NYPD released a photo of the three teens wanted in connection with the incident. Two of the girls were arrested and charged last month.
Williams faces between three-and-a-half to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to a NYPD press release.
“As alleged, the defendant, as well as two other apprehended individuals, carried out an unprovoked assault on a public transit rider simply because of the victim’s race,” Katz said. “I am committed to holding accountable those who perpetuate bias-motivated attacks.”