Two New Yorkers face a litany of costs in reference to a violent carjacking final month that left a person bare, crushed with a baseball bat and knifed within the lags, in a snowbank pleading for mercy, federal prosecutors stated Monday.
Dwayne Hicks, a 27-year-old from Spring Valley, and Tnaiya Williams, a 26-year-old from New City, face costs of carjacking and conspiracy to commit carjacking within the Feb. 28 assault on the unnamed sufferer in Rockland County, officers stated. They had been arrested Saturday and are anticipated to look in federal courtroom later Monday.
According to a legal grievance, Hicks lured the sufferer to a residence in New City below the auspices of getting a small home get together on the day of the assault. He was instructed to return alone and obliged, having had met Hicks in individual earlier than.
Once he was within the driveway, Hicks got here exterior to satisfy him and walked him to the again of the home, the grievance says. As the 2 had been speaking, Hicks allegedly punched the person within the face, then two different males, one in every of whom was carrying a baseball bat and each of whom had been carrying masks, got here exterior.
Hicks and the 2 different males allegedly began to beat the sufferer with their palms and the bat, at which level Williams got here exterior with a rainbow-colored knife and egged on the suspects, the legal grievance alleges. Then the 2 defendants and two unnamed suspects menaced the sufferer into taking off his garments and took his 2002 Honda Accord keys, his cellphone, $400 in money, medical marijuana, financial institution playing cards and an unemployment card, the legal grievance says.
They additionally grabbed a big knife from the sufferer’s trunk and allegedly used it towards him; Williams additionally allegedly yanked a gold chain from round his neck. Once the sufferer was bare, courtroom papers say the group continued to beat him with their palms and toes, the baseball bat and the sufferer’s personal belt, which had a steel buckle. A request for alcohol briefly stopped the assault.
The request, although, was for rubbing alcohol. Williams allegedly went inside to get it and introduced it exterior. Then one of many assailants began to chop the sufferer’s calves with one of many knives and put alcohol on the injuries, the grievance says.
The sufferer escaped on foot after a time period and went to a home down the highway to name cops for assist. Hicks and two of the attackers left the New City house within the sufferer’s automobile at that time, courtroom papers say. Williams stayed on the house and instructed responding officers she lived there however refused to answer further questions and closed the door on them a short while later, courtroom paperwork say.
Video footage of the beating supplied anonymously to police allegedly captured the horror. At one level, the sufferer is proven bare, his higher physique within the entrance passenger seat of the Honda as his legs hang around the door. Multiple individuals are seen repeatedly putting him, utilizing fists, the baseball bat and a belt. The sufferer’s face is seen close-up and bloodied within the video footage, prosecutors say.
In one other phase, a person is seen holding up an iPhone and dealing with it towards the sufferer, who later recognized that individual as Hicks. The footage seems to indicate Hicks utilizing the cellphone to speak with a 3rd get together by way of FaceTime and concurrently broadcasting the beating, investigators say in courtroom papers.
Another piece of the footage reveals an assailant pull the sufferer out of his Honda by the legs, whereas one other reveals him bare and bloody, on a pile of snow, pleading for the group to “stop” as Hicks allegedly hits and stabs him with a knife.
“As alleged, Dwayne Hicks and Tnaiya Williams took part in a brazen and brutal carjacking, inflicting grievous bodily injuries to the victim and leaving him for dead,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss stated in an announcement. “Thanks to the FBI and the Clarkstown Police, Hicks and Williams are in custody and facing justice in federal court.”
Hicks and Williams every face up as much as 5 years in jail on the conspiracy rely and one other 25 years most in jail on the carjacking rely. It wasn’t instantly clear if that they had attorneys who may touch upon the allegations.
“As we allege, the subjects in this case committed unfathomable acts of violence when they brutally beat and stabbed a man, left him naked and bloody in a snowbank, and stole his car,” FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney stated in an announcement. “I wish to commend the short motion of our legislation enforcement companions and the FBI Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force in getting these assailants off the road earlier than they might do extra hurt.”
“This heinous crime was not perpetrated on only one sufferer alone, it affected our complete neighborhood,” added Clarkstown Police Chief Raymond McMullagh. “Though some of these crimes are fortunately unusual in Clarkstown, the women and men of the Clarkstown Police Department had been capable of swiftly discover justice for the sufferer and allay the issues of the neighborhood.”
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II credited the coordination of a number of legislation enforcement businesses with bringing down Hicks and Williams. It wasn’t instantly clear if further suspects had been nonetheless being sought. Walsh vowed to “push forward with an aggressive prosecution” to assist convey the sufferer closure.