White couple charged after assaulting interracial couple in road rage attack

A white married couple from South Carolina have been charged after they were filmed jumping out of their Mercedes to assault an interracial couple while shouting the N-word at them in a road rage attack. 

John Kingkade, 38, and his 37-year-old wife Krystal Kingkade were arrested in Columbia on Wednesday over the incident outside a Dollar Tree on April 10. 

They have each been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of first-degree assault and battery. 

The victims, 21-year-old Bron Cornett and his girlfriend Elena Vawter, were both treated in hospital following the ordeal. 

Cornett, who is black, remains in hospital with nerve and ligament damage to his leg.

His girlfriend was left with a broken tooth. 

John Kingkade, 38, and his 37-year-old wife Krystal Kingkade were caught on camera assaulting 21-year-old Bron Cornett and his girlfriend Elena Vawter in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday

John Kingkade, 38, and his 37-year-old wife Krystal Kingkade were caught on camera assaulting 21-year-old Bron Cornett and his girlfriend Elena Vawter in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday

John Kingkade

Krystal Kingkade

John Kingkade, 38, and his 37-year-old wife Krystal Kingkade were arrested in Columbia on Wednesday over the incident outside a Dollar Tree on April 10

The victims told authorities they were driving on Saturday night when the Kingkades cut them off and clipped their vehicle in their Mercedes C-Class. 

Police say the victims were then motioned by the Kingkades to pull over in the Dollar Tree parking lot.

Cornett told WISTV that he thought the driver of the Mercedes wanted to check for any damage to their vehicles and hand over insurance information.  

After both cars pulled into a parking lot, a shirtless John got out of the Mercedes and allegedly started shouting the N word at Cornett. 

John then allegedly kicked and dented the couple’s car door.

Police said Cornett had gotten out of his car to take a photo of the damage and the license plate of the Mercedes when John allegedly knocked him to the ground. 

‘It was such a loud smack when my boyfriend hit the ground,’ Vawter, the female victim, said. 

The victims, 21-year-old Bron Cornett and his girlfriend Elena Vawter, were both treated in hospital following the ordeal

The victims, 21-year-old Bron Cornett and his girlfriend Elena Vawter, were both treated in hospital following the ordeal

Cornett remains in hospital with nerve and ligament damage to his leg. His girlfriend was left with a broken tooth

Cornett remains in hospital with nerve and ligament damage to his leg. His girlfriend was left with a broken tooth

‘The scream was so horrendous, I thought he had been shot.’ 

The female victim then got out of the car to help her boyfriend but was allegedly assaulted by Krystal. 

She says John also punched her in the face at one point.  

The attack was captured on camera by a witness. 

Police say the Kingkades stole the couple’s phones before fleeing the scene. 

They could be seen speeding away from the parking lot with Krystal partly hanging out of the car.   

Both Cornett and Vawter were left lying on the ground as the couple fled. 

Witnesses called 911 to report the assault and hand over the Kingkades’ license plate details.  

John and Krystal have each been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of first-degree assault and battery

John and Krystal have each been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of first-degree assault and battery

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