Thanks to bail reform, a subway shover was free on assault charges at the Times Square subway station after a group of pro-crime legislators requested to stop demanding bail entirely to alleviate tensions at Rikers Island.
Anthonia Egegbara, a mentally ill woman, was locked up on $100,000 bail on Monday, Oct. 4, after being charged in a July 5 assault in Harlem that left the victim with a black eye, a broken nose, and a knocked-out tooth.
According to police reports, Egegbara, diagnosed with schizophrenia, has a record of assault offenses and reportedly is an emotionally unstable person dating back to 2010.
In another incident, Egegbara pushed Lenny Javier, 42, into the side of a No. 3 train as it rushed into the bustling Times Square station just after 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4. Egegbara was charged with intentional second-degree murder, according to the New York Post.
Javier was smashed back when hit by the front carriage, and one of her shoes flew off in the process. As a result, she suffered a shattered nose and a fractured chin.
In that case, Egegbara, 29, was accused of third-degree assault, which is a minor crime for which judges will no longer be able to set bail under a contentious 2020 reform bill that some legislators want to expand. She was released.
Claiming privacy regulations, city leaders refused to comment.
The city’s five district lawyers have been urged “to immediately stop requesting bail in all cases” by city Councilman Brad Lander, the Democratic candidate for auditor, and 13 state lawmakers.
The action is supposed to “ensure that not a single additional person is held in the inhumane conditions at Rikers,” which has lately been highlighted by mayhem and destruction due to a hazardous personnel deficit, according to the correction officers’ union.
Twenty-four detainees awaiting trial were freed and eight additional instances have been released after cases were solved or dismissed, The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced.