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Bronx, NY: A recent New York parolee was arrested again after he attempted to kidnap an 8-year-old girl on a Bronx sidewalk right in front of her stepfather.
The brazen broad daylight kidnap attempt was thwarted after the girl managed to wiggle and thrust her way out of the grips of the career criminal and ran away with her stepfather, Abraham Perez.
The suspect, Juan Rivera, 52 observed the stepfather- daughter duo walking down a Bronx sidewalk on their way to a convenience store to pick up some candy.
Even with the stepfather present, Rivera still couldn’t resist the urge to try to kidnap the child. He grabbed the young girl by the shirt collar and attempted to pull her away from her dad. She was able to fight him off and the two quickly sped off looking for help.
Rivera, in true cowardly fashion, then tried to flee the scene.
Luckily, an NYPD officer was nearby by and flagged down by the stunned stepfather. The officer proceeded in the direction of Rivera, caught up to him and arrested Rivera on sight without incident.
He is back behind bars and is facing a slew of new charges; kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, harassment, and acting in the injuring of a child.
According to a New York Post column, it stated:
“Parolee Juan Rivera, 52, is facing up to life in prison after he tried to snatch a terrified youngster Wednesday afternoon in the Woodstock neighborhood – just blocks from where he fatally shot a man in 2003, prosecutors said in Bronx Criminal Court.”
Experts and critics alike are wondering how Rivera’s parole was approved to begin with.
When he was charged for the murder of a man in 2003, he was on parole then, too, for burglary. In fact, when he was arrested for that burglary, he was on probation.
Rivera has quite the rap sheet that includes gun charges and drug charges dating back to 1998, according to the NYPD.
His inclination to commit crime and irrational, violent behavior didn’t get by the judge, either.
According to the NY Post, Judge Tara Collins stated:
“‘He had been placed on probation,’ Judge Tara Collins said. ‘And he violated that probation. So it just shows he’s not able to follow the terms and conditions of his probation or just not leading a law-abiding life once he’s released on parole.’”
Criminals with violent tendencies often have difficulties resisting urges to commit crimes when presented with the opportunity- as was the case here. They have an inability to think logically, rationally and are unable to consider the consequences of their actions.
It is only until after they commit some type of dangerous crime that they later feel remorse and understand the err of their ways.
As was the case here. During the arrest by the NYPD officer, Rivera told the officer that ‘I fu–ed up.’
He sure did.
His fu– up left a poor child traumatized. The young girl is still having trouble processing the near kidnap- which would have surely led to other heinous crimes we don’t even want to think about.
It has also left the stepfather, Perez, shaken up and feeling terribly over the experience his little girl has gone through.
According to the NY Post, it stated:
“‘This kidnapping caused great harm to the little girl, who is upset, traumatized, and fearful after the attack,’ Pridmore, the Assistant District Attorney said.
Perez said on Thursday his ‘heart hurts’ for his stepdaughter.
‘This morning I cried because she came and hugged me and told me she was still worried,’ Perez said. The girl was crying at night and ‘didn’t want to sleep alone,’ he added.
‘She is a very sweet, lovely girl,’ he said. ‘She didn’t even want to go to the police station to do a report because she was afraid. She is worried for me. She has a lot of questions.’”
Rivera was given a lifetime parole back in August of this year for the 2003 murder of a man. It begs to question though, if a felon needs to on parole for the rest of his life, should he be on parole in the first place?
It’s one thing to serve your time and get released, but it’s another to let a dangerous felon out that needs to be watched. And now an innocent young girl is traumatized because of it.
But that’s New York for ya.
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