New details emerge in Katy hate crime


An accused hate criminal’s father says his son – a bipolar alcoholic who once spent time in a psychiatric lockdown – was off his medications when he allegedly attacked an illiterate 79 year-old African American man in a brutal hate crime.

Testimony during a federal court hearing painted a picture of a disturbed young man upset about car burglaries in his neighborhood, driving around Katy and talking on his telephone with his father on the day of the assault.  Sometime during his travels, prosecutors say, Conrad Barrett shot cell phone video of himself spouting racist language, stalking potential victims for a hate crime and eventually punching a man so hard the victim suffered a broken jaw.

“The crime is vicious,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy, who ordered Barrett held without bail. “The victim lost three teeth.  He’s an old man.  He was singled out because of his race.”

Law enforcement authorities say the videos show Barrett complaining about “the direction of this country” and speculating he might appear on national television if he attacked an African-American victim. Twice he laughs, law enforcement officials say, first in a sinister chuckle when he spots his victim then again in jubilation as his elderly victim falls to the ground and he yells, “Knockout, baby!”

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