A Red Hook man who allegedly pistol-whipped, robbed, and tried to abduct a woman in Carroll Gardens last month was indicted Monday, District Attorney Charles Hynes announced.
Willie Weathers was charged with attempted kidnapping, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, Hynes said. The 43-year-old man faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
On July 29 just after 2 am, Weathers allegedly called out to a 28-year-old woman on Court Street and Second Place, pointed a gun at her, and repeatedly struck her in the head with the firearm as he gripped her around the neck, according to documents from the District Attorney’s office.
Weathers then allegedly dragged the woman by the neck to his car and tried to shove her into the vehicle, but the woman — who was left with bruises on the face and a broken tooth — managed to break free, records show. The woman ran into a local bar and called 911.
The accused abductor quickly fled the scene in his car, leaving behind his cellphone filled with pictures that Weathers snapped of himself near the Carroll Gardens cash machine that the victim was using just before the attack.
After the woman identified Weathers through the selfie photos, cops hunted him down and used the pictures and information found on the phone to nab Weathers near his Centre Mall home later that day as he was walking to his getaway car, said Hynes.
Police found a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the front passenger seat of the suspect’s car.
Weathers was arrested multiple times dating back to the early 1990s, according to the District Attorney’s office and the state Department of Corrections. He was convicted for the attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in 1996 and served three to six years in prison.