At least nine Rikers Island inmates recently given a Get Out of Jail Free card by Gov. Hochul have been re-arrested, The Post has learned.
A reputed gangbanger is among those who thwarted the September 17 free pass from Queens, who was charged with not only possessing a loaded gun, but also trying to bribe him out of a return trip to the infamous prison, NYPD and law enforcement sources said.
Stephane “Stephen” Gilliam, 26, is a member of the Queensbridge House crew called Team No Lakin’, and has multiple aliases and 43 prior arrests, including 23 felonies, the sources said.
Authorities said that after only two weeks of freedom, Gilliam was pulled over by police at the corner of 31st Avenue and 21st Street in Queens at 9:45 p.m. on September 29, after allegedly speeding and hitting the windows of a 2004 BMW. Due to more tint, officials said. Retaliating, the police found a warrant for his arrest for traffic violations, the sources said. Police then searched the BMW and recovered a .32 Colt revolver from the rear seat.
Gilliam was accused of possessing a weapon, as was his passenger, 27-year-old relative Sean Gilliam.
Stephane Gilliam then managed to put himself in more trouble.
When questioned by 114th Precinct detectives about the gun, Gilliam said, “How do we get away with it?” Police said.
The arresting officer met with Gilliam in the holding cell, where Gilliam allegedly offered cash “so you could drop the gun charge,” police said. “I can get $20,000. I only get $3,000 in cash. You can take me home and I’ll go in and give it to you.”
He then reportedly tried to sweeten the offer: “I can sell drugs and cut you,” officials said. The officer contacted supervisors and Gilliam was charged with bribing a public servant.
Gilliam’s release from Rikers followed a September 17 government Hochul order ordering the immediate release of 191 prisoners from the state prison he called for “technical” violations of his parole.
Hochul made the announcement before signing the “Less Is More Act” into law, which allows the state to put ex-cons with their parole officers behind bars for missing appointments, violating curfew or testing positive for drugs or alcohol. Will stop putting That measure is set to launch on March 1.
Hochul said the ongoing crisis in Rikers meant there was no time to wait, calling reports of largely out-of-control violence and chaos on the prison complex “deeply disturbing”. He also ordered the transfer of nearly 200 prisoners from Rikers to state prisons, amid a recent admission by City Corrections Commissioner Vincent Shiraldi that planned reform efforts may not be achieved under the current circumstances.
Hochul said the prisoners she was releasing had “served their sentences” for their crimes and “do not need to be imprisoned.”
But the NYPD said at least eight other Rikers opposition issued under Hochul’s order had been re-arrested in the past three weeks.
Jerrell Edwards, 34, of Harlem, was called on September 18 for petty theft inside a Gramercy Park thrift shop, while Jerome Farris, 41, of Manhattan, was arrested on September 20 for the same charge at Penn Station’s Duane Reade. Was. Police said. A day later, Babatunde Wiggins, 51, of Brooklyn, was arrested in Midtown for drug possession, and Danny Soto, 27, of Brooklyn, was arrested on September 24 for allegedly shoplifting in downtown Brooklyn, police said. he said.
On October 2, David Porath, 55, of The Bronx made three arrests for criminal contempt in connection with domestic violence, police said. Police said Donald Stanley, 57, of Queens, was charged the same day with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, drug possession and driving a drug-infused vehicle. Michael Harris, 55, of Hampstead, LI, was arrested on October 3 for stealing items from a food emporium in Manhattan, police said. John Henderson, 58, of Brooklyn, was apprehended at CVS on October 5 for petty theft, officials said.
Mayor de Blasio has released at least seven Rikers prisoners in an early release program – separate from the early releases of Hochul and – as part of City Hall’s efforts to reduce the number of inmates. Heijner insisted that they set free jailbirds, who are unlikely to commit violent acts based on prior actions. Officials said none of the seven have been re-arrested so far.
About 180 people in custody at Rikers are eligible to be released under Article 6A of the state reform law, which allows the mayor to release certain people into a supervised release program. The process that determines who is who and who is not likely to attack again, was to be completed last week.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has criticized plans to prematurely release dozens of Rikers Island prisoners from out-of-control prison – saying the detainees “worked too hard to get there.”
Here are some Rikers prisoners who were released early last month to be re-arrested by politicians:
Stephane “Stephen” Gilliam, 26, of Queens
- 43 previous arrests, including 23 for offenses ranging from assault to possession of a weapon.
- He was arrested again 12 days ago.
- On the night of September 29, Gilliam was pulled over by police on 31st Avenue and 21st Street in Queens for allegedly speeding and applying too much paint to the windows of a 2004 BMW, officials said. Sources said the police got a warrant for his arrest over traffic violation and searched the car, where they found a revolver in the back seat. Gilliam was charged with possessing a gun, then trying to bribe his arresting officer.
David Porath, 55, of The Bronx
- 1 previous arrest for petit theft in March 2020.
- 15 days free before being arrested again.
- On September 28, he allegedly broke into an apartment in the South Bronx, in violation of a security order, and punched and strangled his unidentified victim, police said. On October 2, he again violated the order by entering the apartment, police said.
Jarrell Edwards, 24, of Harlem
- 22 prior arrests, ranging from grand theft to burglary to 2006 robbery.
- Arrested again a day ago.
- On September 18, Edwards was charged with petty theft after allegedly swiping a 50-year-old woman’s bag at Gramercy Park, police said.
Babatunde Wiggins, 51, of Brooklyn
- The 21 priests, ranging from grand theft to robbery, date back to 1995.
- Freed four days before his arrest.
- On September 21, Wiggins was caught smoking a glass pipe at the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 44th Street, and was charged with drug possession, police said.