A black man in Georgia allegedly walked into an AutoZone Tuesday morning and stabbed a white employee repeatedly in the neck because of his race.
Columbus Police arrested Jayvon Hatchett, 19, on Wednesday and charged him with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He told police his motive, saying he “felt the need to find a white male to kill” after watching videos of police shootings.
“Jayvon Hatchett stabbed an AutoZone employee seven times after watching Facebook videos of police shootings,” local news reported on Facebook, citing Columbus Police Sgt. R.S. Mills’ court testimony. “Hatchett smiles telling Detective he chose white man at random and stabbed him in the neck. Victim’s critical and traumatized by attack according to court testimony.”
Police said the victim, who is in critical condition but is expected to recover, had no connection with Hatchett.
Hatchett is currently being held without bond at the Muscogee County Jail awaiting trial in Superior Court.