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White Man Who Brutally Attacked Black Woman at Gas Station Arrested and Charged With Battery; No Hate Crime Charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A white man who violently attacked a Black woman at a BP gas station early last week was arrested on Friday. 

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Kevin Williamson was taken into custody without incident and charged with a misdemeanor battery. 

Store surveillance showed the attack that happened last Monday at a gas station on University Boulevard. In the video, Williamson can be seen striking 23-year-old Rayme McCoy in the face with his fists multiple times.  

McCoy said she walked into the gas station and was followed by the older white man who had already been involved in an argument with someone outside. 

According to McCoy the man was “ranting and raving” and using racist language. She said at one point Williamson walked towards the counter where she was standing and she asked him to back up. That’s when the man said he had a gun in his car, McCoy said. 

“So at that point, I felt threatened,” McCoy said. “He put his beers on the counter in front of my stuff and I slid them over and at that point, that’s when he started punching me in the face.”

Williamson’s identity was initially unknown, however his photo began circulating on social media after the video was shared. 

On Saturday, five days after the attack, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release saying Wiliamson had been arrested. 

Williamson appeared in court Saturday. His bond was set at $20,000 on the condition that he does not return to the BP Gas Station at 3551 University Blvd. North where the incident occured.

Records show Williams has been a registered sex offender for over 30 years. Court records show he is a registered sex offender and had a repeat domestic violence injunction filed against him that was later dismissed. There were two aggravated assault charges, one of which was with a deadly weapon, and both were dropped, court records show.

Community activists are calling for hate crime charges to be filed. On Monday, Ben Frazier, with the Northside Coalition, said they are asking State Attorney Melissa Nelson to meet with them to discuss upgrading the battery charge from a misdemeanor to a felony or adding charges.

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