California man tried to strangle a child 10 minutes after being released from jail, police say

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California police arrested a man after a shocking attempt to strangle a child and hijack a car only 10 minutes after he was released from jail.

The state’s zero-bail policy amid the coronavirus outbreak allowed Daniel Orozco to be released from the county jail last week following his arrest the day before, according to the Salinas Police Department. But no sooner had the 28-year-old been out from behind bars than he was allegedly committing another crime.

Orozco was arrested last week for “DUI-drugs and driving the wrong way on the road,” according to a post on the  Salinas Police Department’s Facebook page. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, California has effectively guaranteed the freedom of most who commit a misdemeanor and lower-level felonies, setting cash bail at $0 in order to keep the number of people behind bars low to stop the spread of the virus.

“Not more than 10 minutes later Orozco forced a female out of her car in the parking lot of Natividad Medical Center. The female refused to give up the keys to her car so Orozco began to strangle the female’s 11 year old child,” the post read.

“The female gave her keys up and pulled her child out of the car before Orozco fled the scene,” the police post continued.

The suspect was arrested along Highway 101 a short time later and was booked again in the county jail. Orozco was charged with carjacking, kidnapping, child endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Police Department post which added the hashtags, #teamwork and #backtojail.

Despite criticism of the state policy, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed another effort to cut the prison population by closing down facilities in order to address the state’s financial woes. In a revised budget sent to state lawmakers this week, the Democrat laid out future plans to shut down two state prisons and shutter all three of the state-run juvenile prisons.

Newsom’s budget-cutting also includes plans to close a 200-resident veterans nursing home, all while the lawmaker announced an assistance program for illegal immigrants who did not qualify for a federal coronavirus stimulus check.

Newsom’s prison changes spell disaster for the state’s already compromised system.

According to KQED:

He’s also seeking unspecified increases to sentencing credits that allow inmates to leave prison more quickly. And he proposes to shorten parole to a maximum of two years, down from five years for felonies, and let ex-felons earn their way off supervision in just a year, or 18 months for sex offenders.

 

The latest policy changes with the April 13 emergency order by California’s Judicial Council to accommodate inmates amid the pandemic have resulted in other cases that could have been avoided.

About 40 minutes after Rocky Lee Music was released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in the San Francisco Bay Area last month, he was arrested again for allegedly hijacking a car. Music’s rap sheet included convictions for felony unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, second-degree burglaries and assault, according to the Mercury News.

The Glendora Police Department reported on Facebook last month that they were forced to release 24-year-old Dijon Landrum who was arrested three times in one day.

“Due to the California Zero-Bail Policy, he was issued a citation and released,” the post read.

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