Man charged with vandalizing four synagogues nabbed … then released thanks to bail reform

Man charged with vandalizing four synagogues nabbed … then released thanks to bail reform
Jordan Burnette (Image: CBS New York screen grab)

In late April, LU reported via CNN that New York City Police were looking for a man who had hurled rocks through the windows of four synagogues in the Bronx. As though the anti-Semitic nature of the hate crime were not obvious enough, the suspect destroyed prayer books to leave no doubt.

Suspect in attacks on synagogues (Image: NYPD via surveillance footage)

On Saturday NYPD officers police arrested 29-year-old Jordan Burnette of the Bronx for refusing to provide proper identification after he was stopped for riding a bicycle against the flow of traffic. Surveillance footage allegedly showed Burnette smashing a van windshield with a rock ahead of his encounter with police, CBS New York notes.

But the final nail in Burnette’s coffin was provided by a caretaker at one of the vandalized synagogues who identified the bicycle Burnette was riding when he was stopped by police as one that had been stolen from the synagogue’s shed.

Burnette was promptly taken into custody. On Sunday night, he was arraigned by Bronx Criminal Court Judge Louis Nock, who charged him with burglary as a hate crime and criminal trespass as a hate crime. The judge ordered that Burnette be held on $20,000 bail.

But the story doesn’t end there. As New York’s Daily News notes, another Bronx Criminal Court Judge, Tara Collins, did a 180 and ordered Burnette released without bail.

“Burnette’s lawyer asked for a review of the bail and Judge Collins changed to supervised release,” said Patrice O’Shaughnessy, a spokeswoman for the Bronx District Attorney’s office.

Burnette is due back in court May 7. Anyone care to give odds on whether he’ll show? (RELATED: Report shows bail reform increases crime, though it ignores its own logic to claim the reverse)


LU Staff

LU Staff

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