Martin Redrick appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. (Redrick had originally given police the name Lashawn Marten) Redrick was charged with assault in an unprovoked attack of Sheepshead Bay resident Jeffery Babbitt, 62, in the Southern end of Union Square Park on September 4th. Mr. Babitt was allegedly struck in the face by Redrick after saying that he would hit the next white person who walked by. Charges against him will likely be upgraded. (Photo: Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)
A white man who was punched in the face in Union Square by a black man who was spewing anti-white sentiment died early Monday at Bellevue Hospital, a police source said, according to the New York Daily News.
Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, fell into a coma after he was randomly attacked Wednesday afternoon by a man who was yelling, “I’m going to punch the first white man I see!”
Sheepshead Bay resident Jeffery Babbitt, 62, lies on the pavement in the Southern end of Union Square Park on September 4th after being allegedly struck in the face by Martin Redrick in an provoked attack. Mr. Babbitt, a retired transit worker hit his head on the ground and was later declared brain dead at Bellevue Hospital. (Photo: Joey Boots via gothamist)
Lashawn Marten, 31, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault in the attack. The unprovoked punch knocked Babbitt backward, and he hit his head on the ground.
Babbitt lived in Brooklyn and was caregiver to his mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, neighbors said. After Marten assaulted Babbitt, he attacked two men who tried to help the stricken man, and then challenged two responding cops, officials said.
Marten is being held on $1 million bail. Charges against him will likely be upgraded.
Authorities say 62-year-old Jeffrey Babbitt (l.) has died less than a week after he was assaulted by a man who threatened to 'punch the first white man' he saw.
New York Daily News - September 9, 2013 - By Rocco Parascandola and Tina Moore
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