Black man ‘stabbed AutoZone employee because he felt the need to find a white male to kill after watching videos of police brutality’
- Jayvon Hatchett, 19, allegedly attacked the AutoZone worker on August 25
- He walked into the store and stabbed him seven times, then ran away
- Police say Hatchett told them he ‘felt the need to find a white male to kill’
- He said he’d been watching Facebook videos of police brutality before the attack
- Hatchett is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon
- He was on bail after charges three days earlier of criminal property damage
A white Auto Zone employee was stabbed seven times by a black teenager who watched Facebook videos of police brutality then ‘felt the need to find a white male to kill’, prosecutors claim.
Jayvon Hatchett, 19, appeared in court in Columbus, Georgia, on Thursday charged with with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
He entered the Auto Zone near his home in Columbus on August 25 at 8:36am.
Jayvon Hatchett, 16, has been charged with aggravated assault for the August 25 attack
Hatchett was seen on surveillance footage walking up to the Auto Zone store in Columbus
Shortly after he was seen running away from the store, having allstabbed the employee
Hatchett asked for a thermostat, and after the store employee told him they did not have, and turned to walk away, Hatchett stabbed the employee multiple times, then ran out of the store.
Surveillance footage showed him running from the scene.
The worker was transported to the hospital in critical condition, and was said to be lucky to be alive after the assault.
Law Enforcement was tipped off immediately after the images captured on surveillance cameras were published by local media.
On Thursday, Hatchett appeared before Judge Julius Hunter for his arraignment.
Sgt Ray Mills told the judge that Hatchett greeted him with a smile at his home when they came to arrest him, and readily confessed to stabbing an employee there.
Police were called to the store and quickly tracked down Hatchett after tips from the public
Mills said Hatchett told him he was enraged after watching police incidents on social media and singled out the Auto Zone worker because he was white.
‘Mr Hatchett told me that he had been watching Facebook videos of police shootings in other parts of the country and that he felt the need to find a white male to kill,’ Mills testified.
According to court records, Hatchett was free on bond after being charged just three days before the stabbing with criminal damage to property.
Six months ago he was arrested for two felonies including aggravated assault.
Judge Hunter ordered a mental health evaluation and declined to issue bond.
Hatchett’s case was sent up to Superior Court.