The gangbanger accused of opening fireplace on a Bronx road inches away from two terrified kids was inexplicably let loose after a knifepoint robbery — and critics on Saturday demanded solutions about why he was sprung within the first place.
Michael Lopez was charged within the Manhattan robbery in January 2020, a criminal offense he allegedly dedicated whereas on parole for different offenses.
“Somebody has to answer for this guy,” stated Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant.
Lopez allegedly stored gunning for his goal, who trampled a 13-year-old woman and her 5-year-old brother out to get sweet at a close-by bodega. The kids have been miraculously not injured.
But over a yr earlier than, in January 2020, Lopez was charged in reference to a Manhattan robbery a criminal offense he allegedly dedicated whereas on parole for different offenses.
Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Janene Carter stated in courtroom Friday that Lopez was on parole for 3 felony convictions and had been charged in two pending instances, together with “a violent felony offense, robbery in the first degree and a misdemeanor.”
She additionally famous that Lopez had beforehand failed to seem in courtroom on two latest events.
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s workplace didn’t return a request for remark.
After Lopez’ arrest, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea puzzled why he was out in any respect.
“I think the main question we should all be asking is how does an individual released to parole get arrested for knifepoint robbery and is walking around on the streets? And is that justice for those little kids?” the commissioner stated Friday.
The NYPD tells the state Division of Parole when a parolee is arrested and they’re chargeable for placing folks again in jail if warranted, the highest cop famous.
A spokesman for the Parole Division didn’t instantly return a request for remark Saturday.
Giacaolone stated bench warrants ought to have been issued for Lopez after he missed courtroom dates in his previous arrests.
“This is a prime example of somebody who shouldn’t have been out in the street. When are the state representatives who passed all these reforms going to be called on the carpet to answer for them? Those little kids are lucky to be alive,” he added.
State Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Republican from Staten Island and a former prosecutor within the Manhattan DA’s workplace stated when a convicted felon on parole commits a brand new crime, he ought to instantly be returned to jail.
“Unfortunately the Democrats running New York City and New York State don’t agree with that,” Lanza stated. “Only in New York would a guy with this many violent convictions be on the street committing more violence.”
Meanwhile, Shea on Saturday counseled New Yorkers for his or her ideas in serving to to nab Lopez and stated the NYPD was nonetheless on the lookout for an confederate who introduced him to the Sheridan Avenue crime scene.
“We are not done yet. The detectives will get that gentleman on the scooter and bring him to justice and I hope he has a long time to think about it sitting in a jail cell for years to come,” he informed worshippers at Park East Synagogue.