BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday announced the sentencing of Dwight Williams, 59, to eight years in state prison for stabbing an employee of a Lower East Side laundromat after Williams was told to leave the premises.
On Oct. 26, Williams was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of attempted assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree.
“Dwight Williams attacked a fellow New Yorker who was doing his job,” Bragg said. “We want everyone to feel at home in this borough and we will hold accountable anyone who carries out disturbing attacks like this one. Nobody should ever feel unsafe in their place of work, and we will continue to be laser-focused on these incidents. My thoughts are with the victim as he continues to heal.”
In July of last year, Williams stabbed the 54-year-old worker after arguing with him at a laundromat on Delancey Street. According to the D.A., Williams complained that his clothes weren’t drying properly, and when the victim told him he needed to add more quarters to the machine, Williams launched racist and xenophobic statements at him, saying, “F— you, Chinese. Chinese dog. Chinese pig. Get out of America,” and threatened to kill him.
Williams reportedly threatened the worker by saying, “I have a knife,” as the worker pushed Williams out of the laundromat. Seconds later, Williams reentered the laundromat clutching a knife in each hand. The victim then wielded a pole normally used to grab hanging laundry to lead Williams out of the laundromat, where Williams then stabbed the victim in the torso. The victim was hospitalized and treated for the stab wound, which broke one of his ribs.
Williams received an eight-year sentence for asssault in the first degree, plus a five-year sentence for assault in the second degree, with the sentences to run concurrently.