UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) — The man accused of punching a 62-year-old man in Union Square after allegedly targeting “the first white man” he saw was indicted on manslaughter as a hate crime, according to reports.
Lashawn Marten, 31, had his upgraded charges unsealed in an indictment filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Courts also ordered him to undergo a psychiatric exam to see if he’s fit to stand trial.
On Sept. 4, Marten went on a rampage and allegedly yelled out, “I’m going to punch the first white man I see!” before striking Jeffrey Babbit, 62, and threatened the cops who arrested him in Union Square.
Babbit later died after his head hit the curb and entered a coma.
Michael Croce, Marten’s attorney, told the Daily News that, “there’s definitely a reason to think he needs to be evaluated” and said prosecutors overcharged Marten.
However, Marten said he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to assaulting people.
“I’ve punched white people. I’ve punched brown people. I’ve punched Hispanic people,” Marthen said in an interview with the Daily News.