GLENDORA, CA – Talk about tying the hands of law enforcement.
Police in Glendora, California say that late last month, they arrested a man three different times in just one day. And they say you can thank California’s new zero-bail policy.
On Wednesday, April 29th they got a call around 8:28 a.m. that a man was trying to break into a vehicle on the 1400 block of South Grand Avenue.
When they got there, they say they found 24-year-old Dijon Landrum of from Monterey Park trying to drive away in a stolen vehicle from the East Los Angeles area.
On top of that, they said he had stolen property and narcotics on him.
But their hands were tied. Thanks to California zero-bail policy, they had to release him with only a citation.
The Glendora Police Department says an hour later, police got a call of unknown man in the area of Bennett and Pennsylvania. The caller said he was carrying a box and was walking through the front yards of homes.
Guess who it was? Landrum. They said he had a box full of stolen property.
Guess what happened next? He was issued a citation and released.
Later that evening, they got a call around 8:50 p.m. that a vehicle that had been stolen out of a parking lot on the 1300 block of South Grand Ave.
Police were able to track it down and found it driving along the westbound 100 freeway in La Puente.
With the help of LA County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol officers began chasing the vehicle.
When the chase ended in Pasadena, guess who they found driving it?
Landrum was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and for evading officers… and once again, thanks to the California Zero-Bail Policy, Landrum was released with his third citation of the day.
Police say the zero cash bail emergency mandate in the state is a huge challenge for law enforcement as alleged criminals are released back into the public… again and again.
Here’s another example.
Recently, two inmates who were freed under the zero bail implementation found themselves arrested again shortly after their respective releases.
In Dublin, California, 32-year-old Rocky Lee Music was rearrested for carjacking on April 22nd after being released from the Santa Rita Jail on April 19th.
However, the crime was allegedly committed about 40 minutes after Music was released on the 19th, according to authorities in Alameda County.
2 men rearrested after being freed from jail under CA order setting bail to zero for low-level offenses; one is accused of carjacking 40 minutes after he was released, the other charged with setting 9 fires less than a week after his release https://t.co/9VyeojOP1D
— KTLA (@KTLA) April 23, 2020
What landed Music’s first arrest, where he was processed through the jail and released on April 19th, was suspicion of car theft.
Just what exactly was going through the suspect’s mind to think that carjacking someone is a great move minutes after getting released from jail for suspected car theft?
Who knows; maybe he just missed being in jail.
In Fresno, California, another inmate who was released under zero bail found themselves in custody again on April 22nd. Less than a week after his release from the Fresno County Jail on April 10th, 27-year-old Owen Aguilar had allegedly set nine separate fires on April 16th.
These stories will be repeated. Public safety is in jeopardy. Jails are not overcrowded but yet the courts are still ordering releases and the Chief Justice of California insists on a zero bail policy for many crimes. Calif let’s hope this is temporary.
— Mike Boudreaux (@MikeBoudreaux4) April 24, 2020
Apparently, Aguilar was originally arrested and facing charges for felony animal cruelty, before he was released from jail on the 16th. If convicted of the animal cruelty charge, Aguilar could be facing three years in prison.
However, after the alleged arson episode, he could now be looking at nearly 46 years in prison. Aguilar is accused of setting the likes of a vagrant’s tent, a shopping cart, and even commercial dumpsters ablaze.
Although, I’m certain whomever had their tent set on fire and whomever had their car jacked are glad to know that suspected criminals are being shielded from getting sick in prisons.
You would think that folks in California would have taken a gander at the hot mess that New York put themselves into when they rolled out bail reform at the onset of 2020.
The City of New York has also let a massive number of inmates out of jail during this health emergency.
If you’ll recall back to before everything the entire country did or talked about revolved around the virus, New York was doing something similar with what they called “bail reform.”
Do you remember how bail reform was working out for the City?
In case you don’t, let me remind you: It was going poorly.
The NYPD and all their unions said that basically the city had “revolving door justice,” where they would arrest a bad guy, a bad guy would go say hi to the judge, and the bad guy would be back on the street to continue his crime-loving life, sometimes all in the same day.
Law Enforcement Today reported on many examples of that exact scenario, where the criminals let out of jail under bail reform would commit crimes again right away.
And now, we have the same situation, for a different reason.
Inmates are being let out of jail because of COVID-19 concerns, but they’re getting right back to that good old crime life almost immediately.
— Scott Patterson (@ScottMPatterson) April 13, 2020
On April 10, The New York Post reported that 1,500 inmates had been released from jails in New York since March 16. This brought New York’s incarceration level to the lowest it’s been in 70 years.
Three hundred of those released were facing violent felony charges.
Sunday, The New York Post also reported that at least 50 of those same inmates have made their way back to jail since being released.
In some cases, those who had returned to jail have already been released yet again.
The Legal Aid Society and Bronx Defenders has been working to get inmates released since drug treatment program transfers by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) have been halted.
After the last round of released inmates, Legal Aid Society lawyer Elon Harpaz said in a statement:
“We are glad that the court recognized that their continued incarceration infringed upon basic due process rights and placed them each in grave danger of contracting COVID-19.
For DOCCS to have left them in limbo, with no end in sight to their incarceration, waiting to be infected with COVID-19, worried that they might become seriously ill or even die, is unconscionable.”
Well, they certainly don’t have to worry about being incarcerated anymore. The citizens of New York, however, do have to worry about their freedom as they continue to victimize communities.
— The Legal Aid Society (@LegalAidNYC) April 19, 2020
But, hey. At least the criminals are safe from COVID-19, right? Since they’re not in the jails where it could possibly spread, they’re surely staying home and social distancing properly.
Which is clearly evident by the ones who have already committed more crimes.
Tina Luongo, the Legal Aid Society’s attorney in charge of criminal cases, said in a statement:
“Our clients who are seriously ill or at a high risk if exposed to the virus should not face a death sentence on Rikers Island before a jury has even had a chance to judge their guilt or innocence, regardless of the charges against them.”
The group is working on getting inmates released from state prisons as well.
Inmates in New York State prisons who are 55 years or older and are within 90 days of their release may now be considered for early release due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in state correctional facilities. https://t.co/bRIJP8xCrb
— Prison_Health (@Prison_Health) April 17, 2020
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported on some of the most insane cases:
“Include[d in those released is] a Rikers Island inmate initially jailed for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s door on fire and choking her mother, who was released early only to return to the Bronx apartment and allegedly threaten to kill the whole family.
Another prisoner who is accused of assaulting a Department of Homeless services officer and was later set free was arrested for punching an agency sergeant just two days after his release, records show.
Yet another, who was serving a 60-day sentence for theft, was charged with burglarizing Queens’ Singh Farm grocery store to the tune of more than $9,000 three weeks after his early release.”
"What we are concerned with the most is that the NYPD is utilizing their resources for low-level enforcement of quality of life offenses rather than concentrating and reallocating their resources to what should actually be a priority in this pandemic." https://t.co/51ouv5rKY4
— The Legal Aid Society (@LegalAidNYC) April 15, 2020
Daeshawn Sharperson is the 31-year-old man who torched his girlfriend’s door, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, which got him out of felony charges. He received a four-month sentence. He was among about 100 inmates released early on March 26.
Police say eight days after the release, he went back to his girlfriend’s house and allegedly threatened to kill her family. He also attacked people riding on the bus on two separate occasions. He is back in jail, for now, on $10,000 bail.
Wilmer Colindres is the 39-year old man who attacked a DHS officer. Court records show he was jailed for assault and harassment last November. The kind gentleman sexually assaulted a physician while in jail, and a charge of forcible touching was added to his list.
Colindres was released on March 24. Two days later, he was sent back to jail for punching the sergeant. He was released again..
Rainesh Abudin is the 18-year old who was in jail for multiple burglary and grand larceny charges. He was released on March 20 after requesting a “mercy petition for medical reasons.” On April 8, he robbed the store in Queens. Police say he broke in through the back door of Singh Farm grocery store and stole $9,281 from the store’s safe. He has not yet been taken back into custody.
Another highlighted case:
“Among the city’s worst repeat offenders is Darryl Naser, 25, who was rearrested five times in April alone after being released March 27, records show.
Naser, who police describe as a ‘transit recidivist,’ was first jailed on charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen credit cards before his coronavirus-related release. He was arrested again April 1 on a burglary charge, and on April 4, April 6 and April 8 on drug possession charges.
He was released without bail each time, as he was after he was picked up yet again at the Herald Square subway station on Friday and charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, court records show.
Police said he was caught stealing a purse.”
NYC Leadership, Mayor DeBlasio looking for a corner in a round room. pic.twitter.com/PJMPFy2VNa
— SBA (@SBANYPD) April 3, 2020
And a few more:
“Victor Castillo [is] a 32-year-old Brooklyn man who has been arrested three times since being set free on March 24 — twice for criminal trespassing and once for allegedly breaking a bodega window to steal cash, police sources said.
He was released without bail Thursday and remains free, records show.
Charles Abbriano, a 53-year-old Staten Island man with a history of low-level crimes, was hit with a one-year sentence in January for several theft cases. He was released early on March 25.
The next week, Abbriano was pinched for petty larceny and released — only to be picked up again on April 9 for allegedly trying to steal a packed furniture truck with three other men in Dongan Hills, records show.
Pedro Hernandez, 45, of Brooklyn, had two violent felonies and five misdemeanor convictions on his record when police arrested him for allegedly stealing an electric bike from a basement on March 12. He was being held on $2,500 but was instead set free later that month over coronavirus concerns.
He was arrested again for allegedly burglarizing another apartment but was released again.”
So, are we finally seeing a pattern here? Bad guys are bad guys and a pandemic doesn’t change that. Those advocates crying for “compassionate release” may feel differently if they were forced to live in the same communities as these criminals.
Stay safe, law-abiding citizens of New York, and good luck NYPD.
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