New York man released without bail after robbing a woman, then proceeded to rob another woman at same point hours later, still released without bail.
On Nov. 22, a New York man was arrested for robbing a woman in the subway at knifepoint. He was set free without bail and then proceeded to rob another woman of her iPhone in the subway hours later, according to officials.
Augustin Garcia, 63, is charged with petty larceny, grand larceny, robbery, threatening, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal trespassing among other things. According to a police complaint, he reportedly took a woman’s handbag on Nov. 22 and rushed aboard a train, then “displayed a knife and urged her to stay back” when she chased him.
Prosecutors sought a $15,000 cash bail or a $45,000 bond following his arrest, but Judge James Clynes granted him supervised release just after midnight on Nov. 23, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Garcia was arrested again approximately seven hours later for stealing from the second victim and prosecutors requested a $20,000 cash bail or a $60,000 bond, but Judge Valentina Morales ordered him to undergo a mental health assessment.
Augustin Garcia’s brother, Jose Garcia, said that his brother used to be “as sharp as a weasel” and worked as a supervisor at a welding firm but that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia 35 years ago and has never gotten the care he needs.
“My brother is a sick guy.” “When he goes to the hospital and he’s committed there for a month or two, he doesn’t always receive complete therapy. And as soon as they let him go, the issue reappears, ” Jose said.
Garcia was also arrested the day before the first robbery for allegedly stealing a 12-pack of beer from a bodega in the Bronx. He allegedly boasted to officers after one of the arrests that he knew he’d be freed. “I know I’m getting out,” Garcia told authorities at the Fifth Precinct station house. “I have no record.”
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