After further investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, two men were charged with robbing and assaulting three transgender women on Aug. 17 in Hollywood. The case includes allegations that the incidents were hate crimes.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges on Sept. 1 against Carlton Alexander Callaway, 29, and Davion Anthony Williams, 22, both of Compton. Callaway faces one felony count each of second-degree robbery, attempted second-degree robbery, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery with serious bodily injury, grand theft and making criminal threats. Callaway allegedly used a steel rod as a weapon.
Williams faces one felony count each of grand theft and assault with a deadly weapon – a rideshare scooter.
Deputy District Attorney Richard Ceballos, of the district attorney’s office’s Hate Crimes Unit, will prosecute the case.
On Aug. 17, Callaway allegedly approached the three victims near Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue and befriended them, and then later assaulted them, Ceballos said. The crimes occurred separately against each individual victim, who were part of a group, a short period of time apart, according to police. The perpetrator allegedly uttered slurs about the victims’ gender status, making them hate crimes, police said. Williams is charged with joining the attack and also stealing items from one of the victims.
Callaway was initially arrested in Bakersfield on Aug. 20 and booked for assault with a deadly weapon with a hate-crime enhancement. He and another man arrested in connection with the case, Willie Walker, 42, were later released on Aug. 24 when the district attorney’s office asked for more investigation by the LAPD. It was not disclosed what new evidence surfaced or what changed between the time when the suspects were released and the charges were filed.
Callaway and Williams were taken into custody after the district attorney’s office filed charges on Aug. 31. No further information about Walker was provided and he was not charged in connection with the crimes in Hollywood.
Callaway faces up to 13 years and four months in state prison if convicted, and Williams faces up to eight years and four months in prison. The case remains under investigation by the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division.
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