Three teens and a 24-year-old woman charged with committing a hate crime in torture of special needs man, 18, that they proudly live-streamed on Faceboook
The four people believed to be behind the attack on a young special needs man in Chicago on Tuesday have been identified and charged
The suspected attackers are Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanisha Covington, 24
The foursome face charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime
Hill faces an additional charge of robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle
Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary
The four were arrested on Wednesday in connection to a video that was live-streamed on Facebook, showing four people torturing a special needs man
The traumatized victim in the incident was found wandering a Chicago street after being released by his captors on Wednesday
The victim – who has not been identified – has been returned to his family
By ASHLEY COLLMAN
5 January 2017
The four black friends behind the disturbing torture of a special needs man in a Facebook live video have been identified and charged with committing a hate crime.
Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanisha Covington. 24; were charged Thursday morning with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Hill was also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He, Cooper and Brittany Covington face addition charges of residential burglary.
The four are set to face a judge for the first time this afternoon for a bond hearing.
The announcement of charges comes a day after the four were arrested in connection to disturbing video that was live-streamed on Facebook, showing four young black people beating a young white men with special needs while shouting ‘f*** Donald Trump. F*** white people’.
While Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Wednesday night that he didn’t think the attack was actually politically or racially motivated, a Chicago police spokesman said on Thursday they they continue to investigate the ‘senseless attack’ as a possible hate crime.
The victim in the video has not been identified. Police found him wandering the streets on Wednesday, after his captors set him free. He has since been returned to his parents in suburban Chicago.