Connecticut – Police in South Windsor have arrested a 43-year-old man after he was allegedly seen taking pictures of a juvenile who was trying on clothes in a store dressing room.

According to reports from the Journal Inquirer, Epifanio Mendez was charged with risk of injury to a child and voyeurism with malice on Sunday. 

The criminal complaint alleged that the minor was changing inside of a dressing room at Plato’s Closet when she noticed Mendez recording her. 

Police: Man caught filming child undressing released on K bond

Illegal immigrant allegedly took photos of juvenile in a dressing room. (South Windsor Police Department)

 

Sgt. Mark Cleverdon said that someone in the store called 911 to report the incident, and when police arrived, Mendez was outside of the business and was reportedly trying to flee in his vehicle. 

The victim told police she saw Mendez sticking his phone through the changing room divider in an attempt to take photos and video of her while she undressed. She reportedly texted her mother to let her know what was happening, who alerted the staff to call the police. 

Mendez denied taking any photos, but police seized his devices and arrested him.

Sources tell LET he’s an illegal immigrant, and that they are currently in possession of his devices, which are believed to have large amounts of child pornography on them.  The South Windsor Police Department was not able to confirm either of these pieces of information.

Amazingly, the man was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on on Feb. 19.

And if we’ve learned anything at all, it’s that criminals out on bond ALWAYS show up for their trials. Especially when they’re in the country illegally…

In New York City, this is the exact topic of a major lawsuit.

He’s being sued for $1 billion over the rape and murder of an elderly woman.  And it’s going to get interesting.

The suit indicates that D&A Investigations Inc. (Fla) represents victims of a $1 billion claim against Bill de Blasio aka Warren Wilhelm, (Individually) Mayor of New York City, and the City of New York (Sovereign entity) conspired to attack, rape and murder 92-year-old Maria Fuertes.

Maria Fuertes

 

21-year-old Reeaz Khan, an illegal alien, attacked, raped and murdered Maria Fuertes while she was walking home on Monday 6 January 2020. 

Maria Fuertes was discovered on the sidewalk near Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill at 2:00am. and taken to the hospital where she later died from injuries, including a broken spine.

The suit also alleges that Bill de Blasio was intentionally non-compliant with the Federal Immigration Detainer placed on Reeaz Khan in November 2019 from a previous arrest for assault and weapons charges.

It further states that Bill de Blasio aka Warren Wilhelm, (Individually), the Mayor of New York City, and the City of New York are complicit with Reeaz Khan in the attack, rape and murder of 92-year-old Maria Fuertes.

ICE releases detainer for illegal immigrant in NY accused of murdering 92-year-old woman

ICE releases detainer for illegal immigrant in NY accused of murdering 92-year-old woman

 

De Blasio has been an exceptionally vocal supporter of immigration sanctuary status and has prohibited NYC police bureaus from actively working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents when an illegal alien is jailed. 

When that attitude and mission is combined with the recent “bail reform” policies implemented, crime is truly rampant on the streets of the five boroughs, and illegals are more free to roam and break laws than ever before.

The new police commissioner of the New York City Police Department is not a fan of the Cuomo “get out of jail free” criminal justice “reform” policy.

Dermot Shea said on Friday that the new bail reform law that was implemented on Jan. 1, has contributed to an increase in crime in the city, and he is calling for state legislators to fix it.

The reform law, which did away with the need for cash bail for a number of crimes, came about just when serious crime had hit an all-time low in the city, police were making fewer arrests, and the jail population had gone down substantially.

Not anymore.

“…now as you see this in the first three weeks of the year, we are seeing significant spikes in crime. Either we have forgotten how to police New York city or there is a correlation.”

Police: Man caught filming child undressing released on K bond

Dermot Shea

 

Well commish, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

“If you let out individuals that commit a lot of crime, that’s precision policing in reverse and we’re seeing the effects in a very quick time, and that is why we’re concerned,” Shea said.

Through Jan. 19 of this year compared with the same period last year, statistics show that robberies are up 31.5%, burglaries are up 15%, grand larceny is up 5.6%, and auto thefts, which had been in a sharp decline recently have spiked up 67%. The total for all serious felonies was up 11% year over year compared to 2019.

Nice job there, Cuomo and state legislature.

Put another way, since percentages do not tell the whole story, a total of 233 more robberies have occurred this year compared to last, 159 more car thefts and 125 more burglaries, in only three weeks.

The new law made a majority of so-called “non-violent” offenses no longer bail eligible, meaning criminals have been allowed to walk free without having to post bond after committing robberies, burglaries and other offenses.

Some people have defended the new law, saying it “just took effect.” To that, we say bull crap, and so does Shea.

“People say it just took effect; you can’t have consequences already. Take a look at CompStat (crime statistics).”

“We’re seeing it immediately at the same time you have [state and local jail] populations dropping significantly,” Shea continued.

“Now don’t tell me there not a correlation to that.”

Shea is fed up and rightfully so. He only became the commissioner in New York last month. This week he went to Albany to speak with legislators about his concerns.

LET has a private home for those who support emergency responders and veterans called LET Unity.  We reinvest the proceeds into sharing untold stories of those patriotic Americans. Click to check it out.

Feds moving to stop passengers from flying with pets as 'emotional support animals'

 

The first issue is the one of repeat offenders being repeatedly released, but the second and just as important issue are the new discovery laws, which changed how and when prosecutors must turn over evidence to defense attorneys, as well as contact information for victims and witnesses, which must occur within 15 days.

“The second piece is going to take longer and then it’s going to be a one-two punch as discovery takes hold,” Shea said. “Discovery is going to change how crimes are prosecuted in New York.”

Shea was generally supportive of both parts of the reform law, but feels that it went too far, too fast, and needs to be adjusted.

“Judges need discretion to keep New Yorkers safe, judges need discretion to step in and say, ‘this is the fifth time you have been in front of me in two weeks,’” he said.

He wants judges to be able to use discretion and take into account factors such as the danger posed by the defendant as criteria in setting bail.

Police: Man caught filming child undressing released on K bond

NYC releases violent assault suspect because of bail reform

 

“You have to have a situation where dangerous individuals, or individuals that repeatedly commit crimes and victimize people are kept in. And if judges don’t have that ability, I think we’re all in trouble and I don’t think any New Yorker wants that to happen.”

The new discovery law is something that Shea says overcompensated for what was perceived to be an unfairness in the old discovery procedures.

The new law was created to make sure that people accused of crimes had earlier access to information that would be used against them in trial, however “swinging it back 180 degrees the other way and giving everything over immediately is equally wrong,” Shea said.

“When you have instances where witnesses and victims will be afraid to call the police, that is a real problem and needs to be fixed…this is something that affects all New Yorkers.”

As of Jan 1, prosecutors must request criminal history reports from anyone who may act as a witness in a criminal case. This includes firefighters, emergency medical technicians, nurses, or anyone else who had contact with a victim or defendant in a criminal case.

Some fire departments in New York are objecting to that new requirement, saying it is an invasion of privacy.

The law will require that any criminal history information be turned over to defense counsel within 15 days of an arrest.

Of course, first responders and medical personnel are among the first people who have contact with crime victims and defendants, so naturally they will be adversely affected.

 


Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today?  With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.  
 
Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing!  (See image below.)  Thanks for being a part of the LET family!
 
Facebook Follow First