After 9 months, a white man who stabbed a 57-year-old Black woman on a New York City platform in November, was charged with a hate crime.
According to NBC New York, the alleged suspect, a 33-year-old man named Aleksejs Saveljevs, was arraigned on a 23-count indictment on Tuesday. Among them including attempted murder as a hate crime after he hurled racial slurs towards the victim in the vicious attack.
Saveljevs will be held on $250,000 bail and will return to court on Sept. 20.
“This was a frightening, unprovoked attack on a woman who was allegedly targeted because of her race. We will now seek to bring this defendant to justice to keep the public safe. As intolerance is increasingly accepted and individuals brazenly act on racial animosity, we will be vigilant in prosecuting bias-motivated crimes,” Brooklyn District Attorney Gonzalez said in a statement obtained by NBC News.
On November 9, 2018, Anne Marie Washington was fighting the rush hour commute when she was reportedly attacked by Saveljevs on the platform at the Church Avenue subway stop. Washington sustained several blows to her face and head and alleges Saveljevs called her a “Black b—-” before a Good Samaritan intervened in the attack.
Saveljevs reportedly fled the scene by boarding a departing Q train. Washington was examined on site, but went directly home after filing a police report, unaware that she had been stabbed.
“I didn’t know I was stabbed and my lung was collapsed,” Washington told the New York Daily News. “I got up and felt I wanted to vomit. [Then] I see blood on my pillow.”
After her roommate called 911, Washington was rushed to the hospital where she diagnosed and treated for a collapsed lung.
Several activists advocated for the arrest of the alleged suspect and called for a hate crime investigation.
According to NBC New York, Washington discovered a screwdriver in her lunchbag that did not belong to her. After she turned it into authorities, police were able to compare the DNA left on the screwdriver through a police DNA database, leading them to Saveljevss.