Who is the pro-Trump mayoral candidate ‘descended from Marcus Garvey’ accused of punching ladies in NYC? | EUROtoday

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On Wednesday, 40-year-old Skiboky Stora was arrested and charged with assault after a number of ladies in New York City reported being randomly punched on the street.

Accounts of the “unprovoked” assaults unfold on-line. But Mr Stora – later recognized by police as the person arrested in reference to the incidents – isn’t any stranger to social media and enjoys his personal colourful on-line presence.

Here’s what you’ll want to know:

Online presence and Marcus Garvey claims

Mr Stora may be very lively on social media, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram and over 83,000 on TikTok. He posts common movies of himself each out in New York and at dwelling.

His movies present numerous exchanges with members of regulation enforcement, that are typically heated.

Skiboky Stora, 40, was arrested on Wednesday after ladies in New York reported being reandomly attacked

(@skiboky_stora/ Instagram)

He seems to be a supporter of former president Donald Trump, with a number of of the movies filmed at dwelling going down in entrance of a big banner bearing Mr Trump’s title.

Mr Stora additionally seems to be an aspiring rap artist. He has posted a number of music movies to YouTube below the artist title Designer Attitude.

He additionally claims to be the descendant of Jamaican-born political and civil rights activist Marcus Garvey. Captions on the backside of a lot of his movies learn “Skiboky Stora 2024 Marcus Garvey Grandson Freedom Party.”

In his movies Mr Stora usually introduces himself to strangers because the “great, great grandson” of Marcus Garvey and is often seen sporting a hat with the declare on it.

The Independent has been unable to confirm Mr Stora’s declare that he’s certainly a descendent of Garvey, a number one exponent of the Pan-Africanist motion who died in London in 1940. The claims have been challenged within the remark sections of a few of his posts.

Political aspirations

Mr Stora has made quite a few unsuccessful bids for public workplace in New York City.

A latest GoFundMe web page arrange by Mr Stora states: “I’m running for Mayor of New York City in 2025.” In the three months since its creation, the web page has raised simply $65 of its $5,000,000 goal, although one supporter has commented: “F*** yeah skabooky.”

Last 12 months Mr Strora made a bid for City Council in District 9, however misplaced out to Democrat Yusef Salaam. He ran on the Freedom Party ticket and in the end did not safe a spot on the poll, in response to Ballotpedia.

In 2022, he was a “withdrawn or disqualified” Republican gubernatorial candidate, the location mentioned.

Lee Zeldin finally gained the get together’s nomination however misplaced out to present New York City Governor Kathy Hochul.

During a debate for fringe candidates hosted by Gotham Gazette in 2021, Mr Stora, working below the Out Lawbreaker Party ticket, recounted how he had been shot whereas residing in a homeless shelter in 2005.

Stora has made quite a few unsuccessful bids for public workplace in New York City


According to City Limits he later unsuccessfully sued the Department of Homeless Services and a safety contractor over the incident.

“The main thing the Mayor Skiboky administration would be known for is people in certain positions being held accountable,” Mr Stora mentioned throughout the debate.

In the 2021 mayoral election, Mr Stora in the end earned simply 264 votes. He fell greater than 750,000 votes shy of Democrat and present New York mayor Eric Adams.


Mr Stora was arrested on Wednesday 27 March and charged with assault, after quite a few ladies reported being randomly punched within the face in New York.

In a TikTok video posted on Monday, influencer Halley Kate tearfully recalled being attacked in Manhattan.

“You guys, I was literally just walking and a man came up and punched me in the face. Oh my god, it hurts so bad. I can’t even talk. Literally, I fell to the ground and now this giant goose egg is forming,” the 23-year-old mentioned.

Ms Kate later famous that the person was strolling his canine when the incident occurred, and she or he fell to the bottom and “blacked out for a second”. When she received again up, Halley recalled the person was “screaming at me” and she or he ran away.

She added that after submitting a police report she was instructed by officers that it had “matched” one other police report detailing the same incident.

An announcement from the NYPD on Wednesday mentioned a person had been detained in response to a “viral video depicting a woman who was randomly assaulted in an unprovoked attack.” The NYPD later confirmed to The Independent that Mr Stora was the person in query.

The drive’s assertion described Mr Stora as a “criminal recidivist with an extensive criminal record” and had been arrested 3 times previously six months.

“Your NYPD detectives were able to identify the man after he was previously arrested for similar attacks, only to be released back onto our streets,” the assertion mentioned.

According to courtroom data, Mr Stora has had a number of courtroom appearances since final July. He is subsequent scheduled to look on 3 April.