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NYPD: Man Brain-Dead Following Random Rampage In Union Square

Posted by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM
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Witness: Suspect Vowed To Attack 'Next White Person Who Walks By'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It came out of nowhere.

A man allegedly went on a rampage in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon and left a complete stranger brain-dead in the process.

Police said that the attack may have been a hate crime.

Friends of Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, were shocked to hear about the random act of violence that left the gentle, retired train conductor in a coma, CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported on Friday.

“I don’t believe that. I don’t know why that happened. He is very nice,” Igor Sapozhnikov said.

Babbitt was minding his own business as he walked through the crowd near the chess boards in Union Square when a man made a hateful announcement and began his rampage, witnesses said.

“He said ‘the next white person who walks by I’m going to [expletive],’” one woman said. “His fist went in and the man’s head bobbed and he hit the ground and you could hear his skull hitting the ground.”

The man continued his rampage before demanding to see police officers.

“He stood there and hit two more people and asked for the police to come,” Michael Benson said.

Stunned witnesses counted a total of three people attacked. The suspect, Lashawn Marten, 31, remained at the scene until police arrived.

Babbitt was on the ground with blood flowing from his head. Nearby were two other victims icing their faces.

Jeffrey Babbitt (Photo: Handout)

Jeffrey Babbitt (Photo: Handout)

Because of Marten’s alleged comments about targeting white people the incident could result in hate crime charges in addition to felony assault charges, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“Obviously our Hate Crimes Task Force is involved in aspects of that case,” Kelly said.

Witnesses said they were amazed at the brazen, public nature of the assault.

“This is such a crowded area. You’d expect it in a back alley, but there are so many people here. That’s the strange part,” Garrett Browning said.

Babbitt was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Family and friends said that he is in a coma and has been declared brain-dead.

His 92-year-old mother, Hedda, was by his side. She shared a Sheepshead Bay apartment with her son. He was her primary caregiver.

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L202M
by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

They're pissed at Zimmerman..so of course, take it out on innocent strangers.

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Who is "they"?


Quoting L202M:

They're pissed at Zimmerman..so of course, take it out on innocent strangers.



L202M
by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

um...the people that are beating up random white people.


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Who is "they"?


Quoting L202M:

They're pissed at Zimmerman..so of course, take it out on innocent strangers.





jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Can you be more specific?  Cite some specific cases so I know who you mean?

Quoting L202M:

um...the people that are beating up random white people.


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Who is "they"?


Quoting L202M:

They're pissed at Zimmerman..so of course, take it out on innocent strangers.







jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I just read up a little more on this.  Apparently the guy who attacked is homeless and was agitated nobody would play chess with him.  He sounds pretty crazy, but given the information at hand, I think a hate-crime charge is appropriate.

L202M
by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

This is the 4th case I have heard about...I am not going to do a search so that I can provide you with "specific cases" because somehow you think you deserve proof.  I see where you are trying to go with this and I 'm not amused.



Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Can you be more specific?  Cite some specific cases so I know who you mean?

Quoting L202M:

um...the people that are beating up random white people.


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Who is "they"?


Quoting L202M:

They're pissed at Zimmerman..so of course, take it out on innocent strangers.









jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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Oh, you don't want to come up with links because you know they'll all say, 'bored teens' or something and they have nothing to do with Zimmerman, or race.  Thereby rendering your reply innane and worthless, just something you tossed out there to feel relevant and spread your hate a little bit.  Sorry, I don't want any

Be unamused all you like.  I'm going to watch a movie and paint.  I'll leave you to look like an ass all on your own.

Quoting L202M:

This is the 4th case I have heard about...I am not going to do a search so that I can provide you with "specific cases" because somehow you think you deserve proof.  I see where you are trying to go with this and I 'm not amused.



Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Can you be more specific?  Cite some specific cases so I know who you mean?

Quoting L202M:

um...the people that are beating up random white people.


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Who is "they"?


Quoting L202M:

They're pissed at Zimmerman..so of course, take it out on innocent strangers.











jllcali
by Jane on Sep. 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM
The perp sounds mentally unbalanced.
fireangel5
by Gold Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

So very sad. 

candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

yes it is

Quoting fireangel5:

So very sad. 


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