Judge releases violent offender. Criminal then shoots his ex-girlfriend – now also charged with attempted murder.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia District Attorney is upset that a judge had released a violent offender onto the streets after an offense in October which allegedly led him to offend again, this time shooting his ex-girlfriend.

The Philadelphia District Attorney, Larry Krasner, is upset and angry that city bail commissioners would have let a violent offender out on bond who had been arrested for attempted murder.

The suspect in the case, James White, had been in custody for pistol-whipping his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her on October 1st of this year.

In addition to this violent event, White had been arrested multiple times for various offenses which should have resulted in him staying in custody, at least as far as Krasner is concerned. The Assistant District Attorney, Chesley Lightsey, commented on that arrest and eventual bond that was granted by the judge:

“He was arrested for that [attempted murder]. Our office requested $990,000 of bail, $350,000 of bail was set. Mr. White promptly made that bail.”

For those that may not be aware, bail does not need to be paid in full by the defendant in criminal cases before they are released. In most cases, criminals can use bondsmen who accept ten percent of whatever the bail amount is in cash, the remainder of the balance is made up by something that holds that type of value.

In other words, White may only have put $35,000 toward his bail, while he or someone else would have had to put something worth $315,000 as collateral.

After White was released from custody, police allege that he returned to his ex-girlfriend’s residence in the 800 block of Welton Street in the Somerton neighborhood just after 9 am on the 28th and attempted to kill her a second time.

Police allege that White shot her a total of three times between her chest and torso area before he fled the area.

Neighbors at the time spoke to CBS3 Philly about the shooting who remember hearing the gunshots break the silence in the area and a woman’s screams. One neighbor told them:

“Early in the morning. It was a couple shots, like bah, bah.”

Another neighbor said that she heard the victim screaming for help after she had been shot. The neighbor said:

“Then you hear a woman screaming, crying for help.”

Police and medical personnel responded to the scene and transported the unidentified victim who was in critical condition. Thankfully, she has recovered at least to the extent that she has been able to be released from the hospital.

After White’s arrest on November 12th, he has been held without bail in the second attempted murder charges he is facing less than three weeks from the first attempt. Lightsey commented on White being held without bail:

“I’m happy to report that the magistrate saw fit to hold him [White] without bail.”

Now, after Krasner has had the opportunity to review both cases and his belief that if White had remained in jail after the first murder attempt that the woman would not have been shot, he is calling for change. Krasner notes that bail in Philadelphia is not set by any judges that are at first appearance, rather, they are set by city bail commissioners.

Krasner notes that these commissioners are appointed and some of them have little to no experience with legal procedures. Krasner said:

“Bail commissioners, in my opinion, should not be handling shootings, homicides, first-degree felony rapes.”

Krasner believes that municipal court judges, who are elected, should be the ones setting bail to offenders. His rationale, beyond hoping to keep violent offenders in jail, is that if the community is unhappy with the way matters are handled, they can simply vote that judge out.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – The 27-year-old suspect accused of trying to abduct a toddler in broad daylight earlier in October is reportedly being held on $15,000 bail following his arraignment. The disturbing attempted abduction of the child was captured on surveillance video.

On October 11th, footage captured the moments when police say that 27-year-old Santiago Salcedo snatched 3-year-old Lilianna Repka while the young girl was walking with her grandmother at the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Baisley Avenue in Schuylerville.

The suspect seen in the video approaches the young girl and quickly yanks her away from her grandmother, wrapping the child in a blanket and storming off.

However, witness Fermin Bracero says that Salcedo let go of the little girl once he was confronted by himself and others: 

“A couple people went after him and he let the girl go. If it weren’t for us maybe who know what happen. It’s crazy. He just came out of nowhere. Not too sure what he was planning to do, but carrying a blanket, either he’s homeless or looking for a kid. That’s what I saw. That’s what my thinking is.”

Bracero recounted how frightened the little girl’s grandmother was during the incident: 

“She started screaming, the grandmother, ‘My little girl! My little girl!’ She was hysterical. It was like a movie, but this is real life. It was crazy.”

Police later caught up with the suspect after he fled the area, with authorities saying Salcedo was located while he was sleeping in the doorway of a nearby business.

Speaking to the New York Post, the 3-year-old’s mother, Jana Repka, said that she wants the suspect to “get help” but doesn’t want to see him put in jail:

“I want to press charges but I don’t want him to go to jail. I want him to get help. Jail is not going to help him.”

During Salcedo’s arraignment on October 12th, his public defender, Angeline Andersen, quoted the victim’s mother and asked for leniency:

“I ask that your honor have that same compassion and understanding for Mr. Salcedo that the complainant’s mother did.”

 

The public defender asked that Salcedo receive “medical treatment and mental health services”, which the judge did agree to. When it came time to set bail, Judge Seth Steed noted that the case is “very serious” and noted the time Salcedo faces if convicted:

“The defendant faces up to 15 years in prison for the alleged kidnapping of the 3-year-old girl.”

Bail was set at $15,000 for the charges of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

The suspect was further ordered to stay away from the victim in the event he’s able to make bail.

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