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District Woman Found Guilty of Aggravated Assault While Armed for Slashing Victim’s Face at Bus Stop

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Also Convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon for Menacing a Man Who Tried to Intervene

           WASHINGTON – Camille Covington, 34, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury yesterday of aggravated assault while armed after violently attacking a woman at a bus stop in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.

           Covington was found guilty on June 11, 2019, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District before the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. Covington was convicted of aggravated assault while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon. The Honorable Judge L. Beck scheduled sentencing for August 16, 2019, and Covington will be detained in jail pending the sentencing date. 

           According to the government’s evidence at trial, on October 31, 2016, the victim first encountered Covington near Truesdell Elementary School. Both women’s children attend the school. The victim was headed to a bus stop located at the intersection of 9th and Kennedy Street NW to catch a bus to her English-language classes, when Covington forcefully bumped into the victim on the sidewalk. Minutes later, Covington violently attacked the victim while she stood at the bus stop, slashing her face and neck with a knife. The victim lost a significant amount of blood, and has permanent injuries to her face. During the assault, Covington yelled several times: “I don’t like Hispanic Women.” The victim is a Hispanic woman. The jury found that Covington’s aggravated assault on the victim was not a “biased-related” crime.

           When a passerby saw Covington attacking the victim and tried to intervene, Covington threatened him with a knife.  The jury convicted Covington of assault with a dangerous weapon for that assault. 

           In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department. She also acknowledged the work of those who handled the case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist William Henderson; Victim/Witness Service Coordinator Katina Adams-Washington; interns Ashley Young, Holly Tripp, and Elliott Riches; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Rosen and Ethan Carroll for investigating the case; and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicole McClain and Janani Iyengar for prosecuting the case at trial.

Updated June 13, 2019

Press Release Number: 19-090