Son of murder victim speaks out after learning suspect arrested 67 times before homicide

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HOUSTON, TX – The son of an elderly woman who was stabbed to death in 2020 is speaking out after learning the suspect in the case had been arrested 67 times before the murder.

Even more shocking than that is the suspect in the case was out on bond for two felonies.

The 80-year-old victim, Rosalie Cook, was walking to her car after buying birthday cards from a local Walgreens around 10 am on May 16, 2020.

As she was in the parking lot walking towards her car, Randy Lewis shoved Cook to the ground and began stabbing her multiple times.

Lewis then began rifling through Cook’s purse and attempted to steal her vehicle before police arrived on the scene. When police arrived, they made contact with Lewis and attempted to get him to surrender.

Instead, he charged after the officers with the bloody knife still in his hand, forcing officers to stop his deadly threat by opening fire, striking, and killing him at the scene.

Beyond the fact that his mother was murdered, the part that her son, Chuck Cook, is having the hardest time with is questioning why Lewis was free in the first place.

This incident would have marked the 68th time he would have been arrested had he not attacked officers.

Even more troubling still is that Lewis was out on two different felony bonds at the time of the murder.

According to Fox News, one of the reasons why Lewis may have been free is due to Harris County settling a lawsuit that dictated that people who are accused of misdemeanor crimes will not be required to pay for a bond or the person must be able to afford to pay for their bail.

Although the lawsuit in this case only applied to misdemeanor cases, according to Fox, some of the judges in the county have begun using the same policies with those accused of felonies.

Cook is one of 156 people who had been murdered by people who had been out on multiple bonds in Harris County since 2018. A number that those who oppose bail reform believe will only rise as time progresses.

Rania Mankarious, the CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston weighed in on this situation, saying that this practice is a recipe for disaster. Mankarious said:

“We are seeing really violent, violent habitual offenders being released on either no bond or ridiculously low bonds. This is going to wreak havoc. It’s the epicenter for bail reform run amok.”

When the murder occurred, Joe Gamaldi, the National Vice President for the Fraternal Order of Police used this as an example, in his opinion, of why bail reform needs to stop. On Twitter, he posted:

“The monster who stabbed, murdered, robbed an innocent 80 yr old grandmother over the weekend, has been arrested 67 times! And was out on 2 felony PR bonds!

The colossal failure of bail and CJ [criminal justice] reform in Houston is on full display here. Innocent people are dying. This has to STOP!!”

For now, Chuck admits that he personally would support some kind of bail reform, however, he believes that it needs to be done with a degree of commonsense so this does not happen to anyone else. He said:

“I don’t believe poor ought to stay in jail because they are poor. I agree with that if it’s a misdemeanor and non-violent. What they did with Randy Lewis and what they’re doing all over the country is insane.”  

Son of murder victim speaks out after learning suspect arrested 67 times before homicide

‘I’m grateful for bail reform’: Career criminal keeps getting released in police-defunded NYC

NEW YORK, NY- According to a report from The New York Post, a career criminal in connection with a slew of burglaries across Manhattan and Brooklyn, has been set free to keep committing crimes thanks to what he calls the state’s “great” bail reform laws.

In a phone interview with The Post on Friday, January 7th, 58-year-old Charles Wold said in a statement:

“I’m grateful for [bail reform] because I’m too old to go to jail, I’m way too old, I can’t do it.”

 

Wold, who has had a substance use disorder for years, has been accused of burglarizing seven different businesses in Brooklyn alone, plus another three in Manhattan all in the course of just three months.

However, each time he was arrested by NYPD, he was subsequently released because of the state’s controversial bail reform laws. While at his mother’s house, Wold told The Post that freedom “feels good,” adding:

“Rikers Island is not the key, you know what I’m saying? I’ve been in jail all my life, I can do that standing on my head, it’s not teaching me anything. I can get more drugs in there than I can out here. Hopefully, the DA will see that I did not do all these crimes that they are accusing me of and they will get dismissed.”

According to police and court records, Wold, who has 32 prior arrests mostly from burglary and theft dating back to 1983, including 11 from 2021 alone, was arrested on November 24, 2021 after police stated he broke into two Manhattan businesses and stole from the cash registers. 

During his arraignment a day later, a judge released Wold because the felony burglary charges were not eligible for cash bail and within three days of being back on the streets, he was allegedly back to committing crimes.

 

Prosecutors stated that he was caught on surveillance footage on November 28, 2021 breaking into the Hipster Deli Grocery in Park Slope where he stole a cash register. Then, over the nine days after that, he allegedly hit another four businesses. The deli’s owner, Hazim Annisafee, said:

“It’s a headache, then the customers come in the next day, we don’t have money, we don’t have machine.”

Annisafee said that he lost between $400 and $600 from the initial burglary and the cost to fix the door and cash register cost him another $1,400. 

Court documents show that on December 1, 2021, Wold is accused of stealing five electric scooters, a bike, and two Macbook Airs from Fridge No More in Gowanus and then on December 5, 2021, he is being accused of breaking into Artisan Barber Shop in Park Slope and stealing their cash register. 

Rron Dulatahu, a barber and manager at the shop, said in a statement:

“The guy keeps going in and out, I think that’s wrong … They should give him time, leave him more in the jail so he understands more maybe. We’re frustrated because it could happen again and it keeps happening in this neighborhood. It’s not safe.”

 

Wold admitted to The Post that he has committed some burglaries, but not all that he is accused of doing. He added:

“I might’ve did one or two of ’em, but that was in the beginning of the summer. I didn’t do all of them. Whoever’s doing it has glasses and a bald head and he looks just like me.”

Wold then pointed to his struggles with opioid abuse and his many troubles with the law. He said that he is trying to get into an inpatient rehabilitation program so he can clean up his life. He added:

“People need to understand what addiction is. I don’t want to do crime. I don’t want to hurt people. I don’t want to steal from people. I really feel really, really bad about my situation and some of the people I have hurt … If I did it, I apologize.”

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