A New York City A woman who pushed another woman into an oncoming subway train near Times Square was released from prison without bail two months earlier due to New York’s 2020 bail reform law.
Anthonia Egegbara, 29, who was charged with attempted murder for pushing Lenny Javier, 42, to the side of the No.3 train in Times Square, attacked another stranger on July 5, according to the New York Post.
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Police issued a ticket ordering Egegbara to appear in court on July 19 after being arraigned on charges of third degree assault, attempted assault and harassment, but she was released without bail due to a reform law of January 2020 bail that deprives judges of the ability to set bail for third degree assault and other serious crimes.
Egegbara, who police say suffers from schizophrenia, was arraigned for pushing Javier onto the train and is being held with $ 100,000 in cash on the $ 500,000 of the insurance company’s bail on charges of attempted second degree murder, second degree assault and attempted first degree assault.
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Egegbara can be seen in video released by the NYPD jumping off a bench in the morning rush hour Monday and pushing Javier into the train’s first car as he entered the station. Javier didn’t fall on the rails but bounced back and landed on the platform as Egegbara fled.
“My face is swollen, my nose is broken, my chin is fractured,” Javier told WCBS-TV. “Someone has to take responsibility for this because it can’t happen.”
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Police say Egegbara has an extensive criminal record dating back ten years, which includes assault charges against several women aged 18, 40 and 57.
Police officials have expressed frustration with state bail reform laws, including in New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea, who said last summer that there was no “logical answer” as to why violent criminals were being released onto the streets.
New York City ended 2020 with a 41% increase in homicides.