Venezuelan Migrant Released on Gun and Drug Charges by Judge Who Previously Freed Cop Beaters

A Bronx Criminal Court judge, Eugene Bowen, who had previously released two individuals accused of assaulting a police officer, has now freed a Venezuelan migrant, Hector Desousa-Villalta, who was arrested on gun and drug charges. The judge, a Democrat who ran unopposed in 2023, released Desousa-Villalta despite the prosecution’s request for bail to be set in the case. Desousa-Villalta was apprehended after allegedly brandishing a firearm at another individual outside a Bronx home.

In November, Bowen had released Kaream McClary and Izayiah Jessamy, who were caught on video assaulting Officer John Hernandez at a Bronx subway station. Despite the prosecution’s request for bail, Bowen set them free with zero bail. These incidents have raised concerns about the criminal justice system and its impact on the safety of both law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Desousa-Villalta, along with seven other migrants, was found squatting in the Bronx home and was subsequently arrested. The arrest led to the discovery of four guns, ammunition, and drugs in their possession. Despite the district attorney’s request for bail to be set at $150,000 cash or $450,000 bond, Desousa-Villalta was released on supervised release. Prosecutors highlighted that he had been found with a loaded firearm during his arrest in the Bronx and had an open attempted murder case against him in Yonkers. However, the defense argued that he had been released after three months in jail, and no new court date had been set in Yonkers.

Desousa-Villalta was arrested again on Wednesday, this time by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is now facing deportation. Another individual arrested at the same location, Javier Alborno, had previously been released without bail on a weapons possession charge in September. This time, Alborno was sent to Rikers Island jail with charges pending.

The incidents involving gun-toting migrants have raised concerns among law enforcement officials, particularly in light of the recent shooting of Police Officer Jonathan Diller by an armed repeat offender. Chief of Patrol John Chell expressed frustration at a news conference, questioning why individuals with firearms were being encountered on the streets when they should not have access to them.

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2 Responses

  1. This is a concerning situation. It’s important to shed light on cases like these to raise awareness and promote discussions about the criminal justice system. I would be more than happy to share this post on my social media platforms to help spread the word and encourage others to engage in this important conversation. Let’s work together to bring attention to these issues and advocate for justice.

  2. Did you know that according to a study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the release rate for defendants charged with assault on a police officer is higher than for other types of offenses?

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