A man is charged with 17 counts for attacking homeless men in NYC and D.C.

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A District of Columbia man is facing 17 charges for allegedly shooting homeless men across D.C. and New York City, according to local reports.

Gerald Brevard III, 31, was linked to the violent incidents through firearm evidence, According to WUSA 9 local outlet

Brevard was taken into custody after being arrested on March 15, D.C. as a result of “a joint investigation of MPD, the New York City Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,”According to reports.

According to DC News NowWednesday’s grand jury indictment returned. The 31-year-old was indicted for first-degree murder, assault with the intent to kill while arming, mayhem while being armed, and multiple firearm offenses. 

According to the outlet, Brevard is accused of assaulting three men in New York City and D.C. between March 3-12, 2012. One victim died as a result.  

According to WUSA 9., the indictment states that the attacks were biased-related hate crime based on victims’ actual or perceived homelessness.

The indictment also alleges that Brevard assaulted the first victim with a firearm with the intent to kill him on March 3 and did the same to another on March 8, with the second alleged victim suffering serious and permanent bodily injury, according to the outlet. 

DC News Now reports that Morgan Holmes, 54 years old, was stabbed and shot by Brevard on March 9. 

According to the reports, Brevard’s arraignment is set for October 18, 2022.

Because the indictment alleges that the murder and assaults were bias-related hate crimes, Brevard could face up to 1.5 times the maximum term of imprisonment for the murder and assaults if he is found guilty at trial, according to WUSA 9.