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Brooklyn man charged with double homicide picks up third murder charge

September 15, 2020 Rob Abruzzese

A 47-year-old man from East New York picked up a third murder charge, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Monday, after the man was previously charged with two other homicides in July.

Charles Hernandez was arrested in July for allegedly killing two people on June 27 — Choiko Thompson, a 23-year-old, and Stephanie Perkins, a 39-year-old. On Monday, the DA added the murder of 35-year-old Kenneth Singleton to that list of charges.

“This defendant allegedly went on a murderous crime spree, ruthlessly killing two men and a woman over the course of a week,” Gonzalez said. “The defendant allegedly brazenly shot them in broad daylight. We will now seek to bring him to justice. My condolences go out to the families who lost their loved ones to this nonsensical gun violence.”

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Hernandez was arraigned on Monday in front of Kings County Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Hernandez will be held without bail and will return to court on Oct. 22, 2020 where he will face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

According to the DA’s Office, Hernandez allegedly started his killing spree on June 20th. At approximately 11 a.m. near Milford Street and Blake Avenue in East New York, he approached Singleton, who was washing his car, and shot him from behind.

Hernandez then, on June 27 at approximately 12:30 p.m., allegedly approached the two other victims who were sitting on a stoop on Van Siclen Street near Belmont Avenue and shot and killed them both, according to the DA’s Office. Hernandez was supposedly wearing a blond wig and a long coat and was carrying an assault rifle at the time.

Hernandez was later arrested on July 9 in West Virginia by the Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to the DA’s Office.

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