Court: Stabbing Suspect Enraged After Watching Police Shootings
Jayvon Hatchett Free On Bond Before Allegedly Targeting White Victim
A stabbing suspect was allegedly enraged after watching videos of police incidents on social media. The shocking motive behind the random attack at a Columbus Auto Zone was revealed during court testimony this morning. Jayvon Hatchett is charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
It was a premeditated, brutal assault according to police investigators. Hatchett entered the parts store asking for a thermostat and after he was informed the store didn’t have his part he started to stab the employee multiple times after he turned away from Hatchett. Police testified the worker was transported to the hospital in critical condition and lucky to be alive after the assault.
The 19 year old suspect was captured on surveillance video coming to the store and then fleeing the scene. Law Enforcement was tipped off immediately after those images were published by local media. SGT Ray Mills told Judge Julius Hunter that Hatchett greeted him with a smile at his home a short distance away from the Auto Zone and readily confessed to stabbing an employee there.
The Sergeant said Hatchett 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 compelled to go stab a white male,” SGT 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 bound over to Superior Court.