Bed-Stuy man faces lengthy prison sentence for allegedly stabbing trans person’s partner

Hate crime: A man was indicted on attempted murder and hate crime charges for stabbing the partner of a transgender person in Bed-Stuy on June 22.
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A Bedford-Stuyvesant man faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly stabbing the partner of a transgender person in a fit of homophobic rage on June 22, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor.

“There is no place for such ignorance and intolerance in Brooklyn, where we celebrate our diversity,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “We will now seek to hold this defendant accountable for this very serious attack.”

A grand jury slapped the defendant with a 25-count indictment that included charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault as a hate crime on Aug. 28, and Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun ordered him held on $40,000 bail, according to Gonzalez.

The defendant allegedly stalked the couple to their Malcolm X Avenue apartment building at 6 a.m., where he banged on doors in search of the pair, while shouting “I’m glad I know where you live, because I don’t like gay people.” The transgender resident then opened the door, but quickly slammed it shut when the defendant pulled out a knife, according to prosecutors.

The couple later went searching for the defendant, but after deciding to head back home, the man found them, lunging at the victim and his transgender partner as they returned to their building, stabbing the man in the back of the neck, according to Gonzalez.

The defendant fled, and emergency responders transported the victim to Kings County Hospital, where doctors rushed to treat a grevious, six-inch stab wound, which severed one of his vertebral arteries — the main vessel that transports blood to the brain. The victim is in stable condition and was not paralyzed, the DA’s office reported.

The defendant is due back in court on Oct. 23.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Updated 4:44 pm, August 28, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Rowena Ferguson says:
BS, what did I just read? Sounds like that tranny has some mental issues for opening up the door and then going out to look for this person who they knew had a knife. Yet Gonzalez is fixated on this story so he could be a hero with words like ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’. Let’s get the full story first or must all trannies be believed?
Aug. 28, 2019, 5:40 pm
Dan says:
The defendant fled but is due back in court. Nice reporting.
Aug. 28, 2019, 5:41 pm
Local from Here says:
⬆️This is what the gentrifiers actually think of the people that have lives here⬆️
Aug. 28, 2019, 7:54 pm
Marianne Williamson says:
I’m a proud gentrifier, if you call that ‘lives’ then you haven’t a clue!
Aug. 28, 2019, 8:48 pm
Penny Williams says:
I hope they give him a life sentence for the crime of TRANSPHOBIA! It's the worst crime! More than rape or murder! This person is just trying to chose their gender - not the one they were born with! If you can't respect that, let's see how you like being put in prison!
Aug. 29, 2019, 4:26 am
Freesia from Park Slope says:
I find the term “trans person” to be anachronistic, and frankly disrespectful. Who are you to define what is trans and what is normal? I would prefer if this paper would use more neutral words like “person” or “them”.
Aug. 29, 2019, 8:11 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
I’m a trans! What is the city doing for my safety?!? I’m afraid to walk the streets - forget taking the subway! And all these trans-phobes are like “oh, why does anyone need a car in the big city” “let’s take away her parking spots”!!!! Firstly, don’t assume my gender! Secondly- my car is a safe space! Keep your hate filled hands off it!
Aug. 29, 2019, 11:40 am
WEM IIII from Olde Mill BAsin. says:
The victims should in theory, look like any other couple on the street. How can they be stalked? How are their appearances different from anyone else? By the way, running with a phony photo is inflammatory and prejudicial . It is an insult to responsible journalism.
Aug. 29, 2019, 2:48 pm
Tashkent Davidson from Nunya says:
WEM is right, what’s with using a white guy holding a knife in the photo? Politically correct? Don’t make me laugh.
Aug. 29, 2019, 4:10 pm
Went Dong Foo from Sunset Park says:
Brooklyn has to be the most transphobic place on earth.
Aug. 29, 2019, 5:17 pm
Local from Here says:
Brooklyn has to be the most bigoted place on earth.
Aug. 30, 2019, 10 am

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