How many chances does a criminal get? Two? Five? How about 63?
According to WBTV, 23-year old Romell Mackey has been arrested a contemptible 63 times before he finally assaulting three police officers on Tuesday night.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer responded to a 911 dispatch of a larceny on South Boulevard where he confronted Mackey.
Mackey allegedly assaulted the officer when he attempted to place him into custody. The officer suffered a potential head injury, bruises and lacerations in the assault. A civilian is reported to have assisted in ultimately subduing the repeat offender.
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Even once in custody, Mackay continued his menacing behavior. While being transported to the intake center, Mackay attempted to escape and further assaulted two more officers, WBTC reports.
He managed to escape the police vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended and returned to the police car. Once in the cruiser, his tirade continued. Mackay managed to rip out both door handles, significantly damaging the vehicle. He then allegedly threatened to murder both officers and even spat on one despite being handcuffed.
Mackay is currently facing charges of unlawful concealment, damage to property, communication threats, malicious conduct by a prisoner, resist/obstruct/delay a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
At the time of the assaults on Tuesday night, Romell Mackay was already fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet for armed robbery and larceny. He was allegedly being monitored, WBTV reported.
There is no doubt Mackay was already known to be a danger to society. In 2018, Mackay was arrested for attacking Toribio Alberto, a local ice cream man.
WBTV’s Alex Giles reports that Alberto was severely beaten and robbed by the violent offender. The attack was so violent, the ice cream man was left with broken bones in his face, WBTV reports.
Just last year, WBTV interviewed Marcus Philemon of CharMeck Court Watch, an organization which tracks repeat offenders.
“This individual’s been arrested more than 30 times in three years. There’s a problem there- that this individual is out,” said Philemon.
Philemon exposed concerns over magistrates setting bond amounts on repeat offenders more than a year before Mackay’s attack on police Tuesday night. He said to WBTV, “It’s simply embarrassing that our criminal justice system is as [relaxed] as it is.”
WBTV reported at the time that Mackay was already served prison time for a 2017 for breaking and entering as well as burglary. Then in early 2018 he was confined for parole violations but less than two weeks after being released charged again for more crimes. This was all prior to the beating of ice cream man Toribio Alberto.
“We’ve seen it time and time again. When you’re not held accountable for the lower crimes, the crimes seem to accelerate and seem to get worse,” said Philemon.
At the time of Philemon’s statement just last year, Mackay had more than 30 arrests. As of Tuesday night’s attack on police, Mackay has been arrested 63 times. WBTV points out that the 23 year old has more mug shots than years on earth.
The three Charlotte-Marklenburg officers are testament to Philemon’s statement begging to question when have enough chances finally been granted? When do the rights of the innocent supersede concessions for repeat offenders?