LOS ANGELES – The two men who had been arrested in connection with the widely publicized assault YouTube influencer, Eden (the Doll) Estrada and two friends in Hollywood last month were formally charged with robbery and assault, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced September 1.
According to court documents filed by the LA DA’s office, Carlton Alexander Callaway 29 of Compton faces one felony count each of grand theft from the person of another, second-degree robbery, criminal threats, attempted second-degree robbery, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury. Also charged was 22 year old Davion Anthony Williams, also of Compton, who faces one felony count each of grand theft and assault with a deadly weapon, a ride-share scooter.
The charges also specify allegations that the crimes committed were hate crimes and Callaway used a steel rod as a deadly and dangerous weapon.
The attack on Estrada and the other two transwomen went viral within the first twenty-four hours after mobile phone footage was spread on Instagram and other social media platforms. Some of that footage had been recorded and then posted online by onlookers prompting harsh criticism from Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg.
“The group of three transgender women were viciously attacked on Hollywood Boulevard,” said Eisenberg in press conference August 20. “What was particularly callous about these crimes was the actions of the onlookers.”
Prosecutors allege that in the early morning hours of August 17, Callaway allegedly befriended the three victims and later assaulted them near Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue. Williams is charged with joining in the attack and also stealing from one of the victims.
LAPD investigators told the media outlets reporting on the story that they had worked alongside members of the LGBTQ community. The men were released and on August 24, the District Attorney’s Office asked for further investigation culminating in the charges brought forward this week.
If convicted as charged, Callaway faces up to 13 years and four months in state prison, while Williams faces up to eight years and four months in prison.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division.