New York’s Democratic leaders must be proud that the state’s new bail reform regulations are hard at work for the people.
But it seems the new soft-on-crime laws are benefiting the wrong people, as another repeat offender was arrested and released, only to be apprehended again after another unprovoked attack on a New York City woman.
(Video: CBS New York)
Eugene Webb, a homeless man with a record of four other arrests, was arrested again Friday for “aggressively panhandling” near the entrance of a bank in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of lower Manhattan, the New York Post reported.
The 26-year-old had just been released without bail this week for allegedly hitting a 23-year-old woman. The blow to her face knocked two of the victim’s teeth out. Hours later, Webb went on to punch another woman, allegedly kicking the back of the 35-year-old victim’s head, according to prosecutors.
Despite his long history, his violent attacks and prior arrests for criminal trespassing, forcible touching, and resisting arrest, Webb was free to go after Judge Ann Thompson ordered his release at his Friday morning arraignment, the New York Post reported.
He was reportedly grinning as he left the courtroom, and who could blame him after the state’s ridiculous new regulations have made a mockery of the justice system and enraged residents and Republican lawmakers.
— Pasquale (@Pconzol) January 11, 2020
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) January 11, 2020
Hours after Webb left the court Friday, he was nabbed by police again for panhandling within 10 feet of a Chase Bank. He allegedly took off when they approached him but eventually the police caught up with him a few blocks away and a search turned up a glass pipe which police said appeared to contain the drug K2.
Webb was charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration, and two violations of local law, according to the New York Post.
He was freed on supervised release, with the judge failing to grant the request of Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Ashlyn Rich who asked that he be held on $10,000 cash bail. Rich had warned that there was, “clear and convincing evidence that the defendant is fully capable of moving around Manhattan, at will.”
Less than two weeks into the new year and New York’s new criminal justice reform regulations are wreaking havoc as a debate is raging on whether or not to amend the new law.
Similar to the case with Webb, a suspect went on a bank-robbing spree, targeting four banks in less than two weeks and then being released without bail on grand larceny charges. Upon his release Thursday, 42-year-old Gerod Woodberry allegedly robbed a fifth bank in Brooklyn, according to the New York Post.
New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican who launched an unsuccessful bid against incumbent New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, has been one of many critics vocally denouncing the new law.
We recently saw a man w/ 24 prior arrests punch a police officer & be released without bail and others released and rearrested multiple times in just days. Law enforcement is further put at risk when people don’t return for their court date & warrants for their arrest are issued.
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) January 9, 2020
“How many chances does one get,” she tweeted asking state lawmakers as well as New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the bank robberies.
Where are all the democratic women of the New York State Legislature who claim to be champions for women’s rights? How about a woman’s right to walk in the street without being slugged in the face. Fix the botched bail law now. https://t.co/CtkBERZ96W
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) January 10, 2020
Malliotakis also challenged the “champions for women’s rights” in the New York State Legislature, calling on them to “fix the botched bail law now.”
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