Police on Tuesday identified the man they believe dragged and punched a woman during a mugging in Brooklyn — and the NYPD’s top cop said he was involved with the criminal justice system. No stranger to
Jeffrey Evans, 55, is wanted on St Edwards and Willoughby streets in Fort Greene at 4:40 p.m. for allegedly targeting a 65-year-old woman—who had just picked up money she had earned from collecting cans. 28.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said during an appearance on Fox 5’s Good Day New York Tuesday morning that Evans had 11 open court cases after he targeted the woman in broad daylight.
“One of the parties will say that everything is going well till the time he appears in the court,” the top police officer said. “And I would say that everything is not going well. They forget the victims who are going through the pain of such incidents, and how much damage a person can do. So it’s a complete and utter failure in my book.”
As the commissioner has done in the past, he pointed the finger at the state’s bail reform law, which came into force last year, which kept many detainees out of jail.
“This is what happens when you overhaul the system without the input of law enforcement,” he said on Win 1010. “You don’t know, you’re going to bring your car to the mechanic and tell the mechanic what to do. You have to listen to law enforcement when you’re dealing with these criminal justice changes, and I think you’re seeing the consequences when It did not happen.
Videos released last week show the victim running down the street to escape the man – who runs after her.
A clash ensues in the middle of the street, as the suspect repeatedly blinks at the purse, but the lucky victim refuses to give it away.
The suspect is shown stroking the woman’s face and dragging her back to the sidewalk, where the struggle continues.
The woman eventually grabbed her purse, and the suspect got back on his bike and pedaled away.
As the incident unfolded, many people passed on the road and pavement as the suspect wrestled with the victim, including two people who were standing in front of the incident.
The victim, who had pain and swelling on her face as well as back pain and cuts to her body, was taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center in stable condition.