‘Criminal justice reform’ at work: Car thief released without bail, steals another car and hits state trooper

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A Queens man who used a stolen vehicle to hit a state trooper on the Robert F. Kennedy bridge had been recently released without bail — after stealing a car.

According to the New York Post, on Saturday, November 27, serial car thief Josue Viorato, 21, allegedly stole a 2021 Acura sedan.

The car’s owner tracked the vehicle via an app, and notified Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority officials when the car drove onto the RFK Bridge.  

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority personnel spotted the Acura and notified the New York State Police of its whereabouts.  

The New York State Police and the New York Police Department converged on the vehicle, at which point Viorato threw the vehicle into reverse to evade authorities.

One eyewitness described the scene for NBC New York:

“There was a gray car, [the driver] wouldn’t roll down his windows. The police officer in a two (sic) truck was knocking on the window and he wouldn’t roll down the window.” 

She continued:

”When the windows were finally down, the cop grabbed him by the neck and the driver took off, did a zig-zag and hit all the other cars.”

Accounts vary at this point regarding a state trooper that was involved.  According to NBC New York and the New York Post, the Acura struck a state trooper when it reversed. However, according to a later account in the New York Post, the Acura struck another vehicle, which then “clipped” the trooper.

Those sources do agree that the trooper opened fire at the escaping Acura after being struck.  No one was hit by the bullets, and the trooper was “treated for a minor leg injury” at Elmhurst hospital.

While traffic on the bridge snarled in both directions in the chaos, Viorato and his 17-year-old passenger escaped to Harlem, where police arrested them.  Police also recovered an imitation handgun at the scene.

Viorato was charged with “a number of charges including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.”

His passenger, who remains unidentified due to his age, was charged with “criminal possession of a weapon, possession of an imitation firearm, obstruction of governmental administration and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.”

As it turns out, Viorato had previously been arrested on November 9 for stealing a BMW.

According to the New York Post, the vehicle’s owner had left the Beemer running in his driveway when Viorato stole it.

The owner tracked the car down and found Viorato and two other persons “searching the passenger compartment and trunk.”  When the owner approached, Viorato sped off in the vehicle.

Viorato was subsequently taken into custody and “arraigned Nov. 9 on charges of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and other charges, court records show.” 

However, the New York Post writes, he was released without bail thanks to New York’s criminal justice reform, as “the charges didn’t qualify for bail.”

Instead, Viorato was cut loose and told to return to court for a hearing on January 19, 2022, leaving him free to steal again and assault a state trooper.

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Far-left District Attorney who let out criminal behind parade disaster predicted his bail reform would one day get someone killed

Originally published November 27, 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI – The liberal progressive Milwaukee County District Attorney, whose office released the Waukesha Christmas parade suspect days earlier on extremely low bail for running down the mother of his child with his car, has been a longtime champion of bail reform to reduce incarceration of criminals.

DA John Chisholm also predicted previously that his pro-bail reforms would one day get someone killed.

Chisholm, who was elected District Attorney in 2007, has spent his career supporting cash-bail system reform, claiming bail criminalizes poverty. Yet he knew the risks of someone being killed by such liberal policies.

In an interview with the Milwaukee-Journal-Sentinel in 2007, Chisholm said:

“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into a treatment program, who is going to go out and kill somebody.

“You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”

Ironically, the same District Attorney has launched an investigation into the “inappropriately low” bail set for the parade rampage driver Darrell Brooks Jr. for a previous, recent arrest involving running over another person with his vehicle.

Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, now faces murder charges after authorities said he killed six people and wounded more than 60 others by driving through the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday. Brooks was out on bail for two separate violent crimes, including one where he is accused of using a car to run over a woman less than three weeks earlier.

Chisholm’s office released a statement Monday morning, saying his office made and error when prosecutors requested bail of $1,000 for the two previous crimes. He posted bail about a week after he was charged and was released from custody.

The statement said the DA’s office was “conducting an internal review” of the bail decision:

“The State’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks.

“The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”

Brooks was charged Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the parade incident, court documents show. Prosecutors said they are considering a sixth homicide charge after a child victim died.

Brooks is currently in custody with bail set at $5 million.

In the most recent previous incident, Brooks stands accused of running over the mother of his child with his car on November 2. The criminal complaint filed against Brooks stated:

“Officers observed tire tracks on her left pants leg.”

Chisholm’s officed filed charges against Brooks including obstructing an officer; second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments; disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments; and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse.

He was also charged at the time with violating bail for an incident on July 24, 2020, in which he is accused of firing a handgun during an argument. When arrested for the incident, police recovered a stolen handgun and methamphetamine pills from him.

He was charged with two counts of second-degree reckless endangering safety while using a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was originally held on $10,000 bail in that crime but was released on just $500 bail after the DA’s office said it could meet the speedy trial requirement.

Brooks’ criminal record also included a 2006 conviction for statutory sexual seduction, for which he served more than a year at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Questions are now being raised asking why the pro-bail reform DA permitted the extremely low bail for the November 2 incident considering the long and violent history of the defendant.

Julie Rendelman, a former prosecutor of homicides who is now a defense attorney, said the DA and the system failed in Brooks’ case:

“It looks like they just screwed up. They dropped the ball; it really is that simple. I don’t think it speaks to bail reform.”

Investigators of the parade tragedy believe Brooks was fleeing a domestic incident when he ran through barricades at the parade and ran down multiple people.

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