NEW YORK- How many robberies does it take to land a criminal in jail?
No, that’s not a riddle. It’s an actual question that New Yorkers are asking themselves.
Gerod Woodberry, 42 years old, was arrested for four Chase bank robberies which took place between December 30 and January 8 in New York.
On Wednesday the 8th, Woodberry’s photo was sent to every NYPD officer’s phone. An off-duty cop, on his way in to work, spotted Woodberry. He called it in and assisted in taking the suspect into custody. Woodberry was then taken to jail.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Woodberry saw a judge on Thursday, at which time he was released without bail.
Police say with nothing else to do, Woodberry threw the little caution he had to the wind and decided to rob yet another Chase bank. There aren’t any consequences for him, so why wouldn’t he?
Why, you may be asking, would a robbery suspect be set free pending a court date, without having to pay a penny in bail?
Woodberry was only charged with robbery in the third degree and grand larceny. Because he didn’t produce a gun and instead robbed the tellers using threatening notes, the crimes weren’t as serious. They are “non-violent” felonies, so clearly he doesn’t need to actually go to jail or pay any kind of bail.
Never mind the fact that all of the tellers were cooperative so he hadn’t yet had the need to get violent.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted about Woodberry’s release on Twitter. He said:
What motivation does this suspect have to return to court? None.
This makes NYPD cops’ jobs harder, and makes New Yorkers less safe. https://t.co/ZNIQXocLSr
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) January 11, 2020
“What motivation does this person have to return to court? None. This makes NYPD cops’ jobs harder and makes New Yorkers less safe.”
So police are scouring the city searching for Woodberry hoping to capture him before he strikes again. Even if they do, however, he will be released right away all over again. And then he will likely commit another robbery. And the cycle will continue.
Even Woodberry recognizes how incredibly backwards and stupid the newly enacted bail reform laws are.
A source told the NY Post that while retrieving his belongings from the property section at One Police Plaza, Woodberry said:
“I can’t believe they let me out. What were they thinking?”
That, Mr. Woodberry, is a very good question.
Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker said:
“Another unfortunate example of what we are facing under the new bail reform law. Certain individuals need to remain in jail for the safety of our city. Judges must have the discretion to make that happen.”
On Twitter, the Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon posted:
“Nobody in NYS is arguing cash bail is the ideal system. However, this case makes crystal clear why forbidding judicial discretion is a recipe for disaster. Let’s join EVERY OTHER STATE in the nation and give Judges discretion to consider public safety!”
At the time of this writing, Woodberry has not been recaptured. Although it’s not like it matters- he won’t be staying in jail anyway.
Woodberry is just the most recent “poster child” of the massive failure that is the New York bail reforms.
Eugene Webb was labeled the “serial slugger” after punching one woman so hard that it knocked out 2 of her teeth, and, hours later after being released on an appearance ticket, punched another woman so hard that she fell to the ground, at which point he kicked the back of her head.
Nicholas Jordan was arrested for threatening another man, saying he was going to kill him while pointing a loaded shotgun at him. Jordan was released on an appearance ticket. L
ater the same day, he was again arrested for threatening the same victim, this time over the phone. He continued to say he was going to kill the man, saying that police didn’t get his only guns. Nearby schools had to be placed on lockdowns due to the nature of the threats.
And then of course there’s the ever famous anti-Semite, Tiffany Harris, who was arrested 3 times in 5 days, assaulting a total of 5 people in those incidents thanks to bail reform.
In the words of serial robber Gerod Woodberry:
“What were they thinking?”
If the case sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Look no further than Colonie, New York.
At the end of December, Christopher M. Seamans, a three-time convicted bank robber was allegedly back to his old tricks. Police said he decided to stick up the Pioneer Savings Bank in Colonie, NY. He was arrested and charged with the robbery.
Thanks to Gov. Cuomo and the geniuses who populate the state house in Albany, Seamans was released without bail at his court appearance. Seamans has done prison time for three other bank robberies over a 14-year period.
Seamans appeared in Albany County Court, where judge William Carter ordered Seamans released on his own recognizance—basically a 4-time loser is trusted to make his court appearance when required. Seamans had been charged with robbery and grand larceny charges.
Carter ordered the release after being informed by an assistant district attorney that Seamans qualified for release without bail. Isn’t that special?
As has been widely reported, the new law implemented by the virtue signaling Cuomo and Democrat state legislature prohibits defendants who are arrested for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies from being required to post cash bail.
Of course, supporters of the bill said that cash bail unfairly targeted poor defendants (and apparently bank robbers) and kept them in jail for long periods of time while awaiting trial.
In this case Seamans, who has served time in federal prison in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for bank robberies went into the bank at around 4:36 p.m. on Dec. 27, approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was displayed but was implied since Seamans kept his hand inside his jacket.
He was allegedly given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. Police said he left the scene in a blue 2005 Mercedes-Benz ML350 SUV…nice wheels, but we suppose bank robbers can afford it. No other customers were in the bank during the heist and nobody was injured, police said.
Colonie police said that they received several tips about Seamans after surveillance images were posted to social media. Investigators ultimately used the image to confirm his identity.
Colonie police were assisted by DeWitt police after they began watching a residence in that town. When Seamans left with his wife and two children in the same Mercedes used in the robbery, he was stopped and taken into custody without incident.
Like so many good criminals, Seamans was playing great family man on the way to a Syracuse basketball game with his family when he was arrested. Father of the year candidate right there.
Police found evidence tying Seamans to the robbery inside the vehicle, however the money robbed from the bank was not found.
Federal records indicated that Seamans was convicted in 2005 and 2010 in connection with bank robberies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where a combined $8097 was stolen. In 2011, he was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for robbing a bank in Grand Gorge, NY where $7,727 was realized.
While so-called reformers think the new laws are the best thing since sliced bread, opposition has been coming from law enforcement authorities as well as some capital region state lawmakers, who have slammed both the new law and Seamans’ release Tuesday.
In a released statement, the Colonie Police Department showed the disgust a lot of police agencies in New York are feeling. “Happy New Year everyone,” the department said in a released statement. “Especially happy for our most recent bank robber.” Ouch.
The sheriff of Saratoga County, Michael Zurlo, also expressed his feelings.
“Yet another example of the dangerous individuals being set free on our streets thanks to the ‘progressive’ agenda of our governor and legislators,” he wrote on social media.
It will be interesting to see the spin coming out of Albany when one of these miscreants is released on bond and then ends up killing someone.
Meanwhile a widening group of other officials are pushing back against the so-called reforms.
State Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville in November blasted them as a “get-out-of-jail-free card for criminals.” How prophetic.
“They came with an agenda,” he said.
Law enforcement officials, prosecutors and Republican state lawmakers insist that they’re not generally against the criminal justice reforms.
They are however opposed to the law which was passed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature with little to no input from law enforcement authorities, and contend that emboldened criminals will be roaming the streets with little concern about getting caught since they will likely be released, including those charged with manslaughter, assault and sex crimes
Mary Beth Walsh (R-Ballston) said:
“We’re taking away the discretion of the judiciary and public safety is going to be compromised because of this,” she said. “Some of the worst things in Albany are the things that are rushed through like this was.”
For his part, Zurlo had warned that already stretched officers were going to be spending a great deal of their valuable patrol time looking for suspects who skipped out on court appearances. He said:
“Currently I have close to 300 warrants looking for people. I anticipate that to probably double or maybe triple. Right now, our road patrol is maxed.”
We already reported on several individuals who have been cut loose after committing crimes, only to offend again within a matter of a day or two. Here is an example of one.
On Saturday morning, Tiffany Harris, who was arrested on 21 menacing, harassment and attempted assault charges in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Friday, was released with zero bail. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Not a penny.
“F-U, Jews!” Harris was accused of shouting at the three Orthodox women, ages 22, 26, and 31.
Harris admitted to police that it was she who had committed the physical and verbal assault.
“Yes, I was there,” she told officers. “Yes, I slapped them. I cursed them out. I said ‘F-U Jews.’”
Harris is of course no stranger to Brooklyn Criminal Court. She still has an open case from last November for harassment and assault. Last month, she was sentenced to no jail time for felony criminal mischief in Manhattan—a case for which she failed to make numerous court appearances.
On Saturday, prosecutors didn’t even bother asking for bail, since the reform law takes effect in four days. Also, anti-law enforcement, anti-red meat and anti-American mayor Bill de Blasio has “made it clear that we all need to get into compliance with bail reform now,” according to a law enforcement source.
“If prosecutors asked for bail, corrections would release them immediately,” or they would be released on Jan. 1, the source said. For their part, the de Blasio administration said that the DOC cannot do anything without a court order to release someone.
The judge in the Brooklyn courtroom, Laura Johnson, addressed the upcoming bail reform legislation in ordering this fine American released.
“So “I’m releasing her on consent and also because it will be required under the statute in just a few days,” the judge said. “Ms. Harris you’re being released on your own recognizance.”
The judge did issue one of those useless orders of protection against Harris barring contact with the three victims—and a continuance date of Jan. 10.
Harris acted like it was all just a big joke. When approached by a reporter, she said, “What do you want to know? Goodbye,” all while grinning the entire time. Perhaps she was already planning her next crime.
One day later, Harris was charged with assault for striking a 35-year-old in the face on Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights at around 9:15 a.m. It was not known if the victim in this case was Jewish as well. The victim suffered swelling and bruising to her right eye from the beating, police said.
Criminals have no fear in New York. But people who are trying to go about their daily lives are afraid. They have seen the revolving door that has only gotten worse since the do-gooders in Albany decided to side with criminals instead of the good guys with their latest social experiment.
They have seen an epidemic of anti-Semitic incidents in and around New York City and one must wonder if the new liberal bail policies are not responsible, at least in part. Criminals have become emboldened and you need to consider this as a reason why they have.
While de Blasio and other Democrats try to blame President Trump for what is going on in New York, they need look no further than Albany, as well as Democrats in Washington for what they are now sowing in New York. It is hypocritical to suggest otherwise.
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