New York’s revised bail guidelines regarding non-violent offenders sparked a fierce public backlash this week after a man was repeatedly released after robbing five banks in Manhattan.
“Cops spent Saturday hunting once again for fugitive Gerod Woodberry, who allegedly pulled four heists at Chase banks in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and the West Village between Dec. 30 and Jan. 8,” reports the New York Post. “Because Woodberry allegedly robbed using a note, rather than a gun, no New York jail can currently hold him, no matter how many times he strikes.”
“His alleged grand larcenies are classified as non-violent felonies. And under the bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1, most non-violent felonies — including bank robberies carried out without a weapon — are no longer bail eligible, meaning no judge can order him held pending trial,” adds the newspaper.
“I can’t believe they let me out,” said the suspect himself. “What were they thinking?”
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Source: New York Post