CHICAGO Jan 6 Four African-Americans accused of
attacking an 18-year-old white man with special needs while
making anti-white racial taunts in an assault broadcast on
Facebook were ordered held without bail by a Chicago judge on
Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper and sisters Brittany and
Tanishia Covington were each charged with aggravated kidnapping,
hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated
battery with a deadly weapon on Thursday. Tanishia Covington was
aged 24, while her sister and the two men were 18.
Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered all four held without
bail on Friday at a Chicago bond court, according to the Circuit
Court of Cook County Clerk's Office.
"I'm looking at each of you and wondering where was the
sense of decency that each of you should have had?" Judge Ciesil
said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I don't see it."
The four are accused of kidnapping and torturing the man,
who had planned to spend the New Year's holiday with Hill, whom
he knew from school. A portion of the ordeal was broadcast on
the Facebook Live service, drawing widespread shock and
By Jan. 2, the victim's mother had grown concerned after not
hearing from her son. She was able to contact Hill through
social media and asked for her son to be returned. This angered
Hill, assistant state's attorney Erin Antonietti told members of
the media outside the court on Friday.
The victim is schizophrenic and suffers from attention
deficit disorder, Antonietti said.
She said Hill took the victim to an apartment where he was
bound, gagged, beaten and stabbed with a knife while his
assailants streamed the incident online. They also shouted
obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump and "white
"The victim is screaming 'no' in fear when a male walks over
to him with a knife and states, 'Should I shank his ass?'"
Antonietti said, quoting a statement that she had read earlier
During the attack, Hill contacted the victim's mother and
demanded $300 in exchange for her son, Antonietti said.
Police located the victim on Tuesday after neighbors
complained about noise coming from the apartment. He was
disoriented and wearing shorts in freezing weather, police said.
The four are scheduled to appear next in court on Jan. 27.
(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Sharon
Bernstein and Richard Chang)