Career criminal turned face of NYC’s lax bail reforms arrested after shooting outside church

Author: Yuvi September 27, 2022


The former poster boy for New York City’s lax bail reforms was perp walked in and out of the NYPD’s Midtown North Station house on Monday.

Pedro Hernandez, 22, is suspected of shooting into a Mercedes on Fifth Avenue and 50th Street, close to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, at 5:45pm August 28.

He was taken into custody on September 26 after being arrested in The Bronx and charged with attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

He was held at the station for around an hour before being taken to court.

In 2017 at the age of 17, he became the face of the city’s bail-reform when he was sent to Rikers after refusing a plea deal for a 2015 shooting of 15-year-old boy at a Bronx bodega.

The former poster boy for New York City’s lax bail reforms was perp walked in and out of the NYPD’s Midtown North Station house on Monday

Pedro Hernandez, 22, is suspected of shooting into a Mercedes on Fifth Avenue and 50th Street, at 5:45pm August 28

Pedro Hernandez, 22, is suspected of shooting into a Mercedes on Fifth Avenue and 50th Street, at 5:45pm August 28

He was taken into custody on September 26 after being arrested in The Bronx and charged with attempted murder, among other charges

He was taken into custody on September 26 after being arrested in The Bronx and charged with attempted murder, among other charges

Hernandez is believed to have lost cash and gold jewelry to a pair of hustlers in a game of three-card monte close to St.  Patrick's Cathedral

Hernandez is believed to have lost cash and gold jewelry to a pair of hustlers in a game of three-card monte close to St. Patrick’s Cathedral

As the hustlers drove off in their red Mercedes, Hernandez allegedly fired a single shot into the driver's side door

As the hustlers drove off in their red Mercedes, Hernandez allegedly fired a single shot into the driver’s side door

Hernandez wore a blue suit with a white shirt and appeared unmoved as he was marched into the station. The suspect remained silent when reporters attempted to ask him questions.

The New York Post reports that Hernandez was nabbed by cops after negotiations in which he planned to hand himself into police fell through.

Hernandez is believed to have lost cash and gold jewelry to a pair of hustlers in a game of three-card monte, and then lost his temper when the men refused to return to lost valuables.

As the men drove off in their red Mercedes, Hernandez allegedly fired a single shot into the driver’s side door.

Police say he then climbed into his own car, a black BMW, and pursued the Mercedes to the parking garage of the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue.

Inside the garage, men then dumped Hernandez’s belongings, which he scooped up before fleeing.

Hernandez wore a blue suit with a white shirt and appeared unmoved as he was marched into the station.

Hernandez wore a blue suit with a white shirt and appeared unmoved as he was marched into the station.

The suspect remained silent when reporters attempted to ask him questions

The suspect remained silent when reporters attempted to ask him questions

The Post reports that Hernandez was nabbed by cops after negotiations in which he planned to hand himself into police fell through

The Post reports that Hernandez was nabbed by cops after negotiations in which he planned to hand himself into police fell through

Nobody was injured in relation to the shooting, although one man, 29, was seriously injured during the melee that ensued after the scam.

A witness who works at a nearby hotel told the Daily News: ‘The guy starting running and then they started chasing each other down the block. Everybody started running on the street … mostly tourists and some New Yorkers.’

The shooting was caught on camera by a YouTuber who regularly posts videos of three card monte games online, according to the Daily News.

Another witness, who saw the group fighting outside of the parking garage told the newspaper: ‘Two guys came running out, one chasing the other. When they came out of the garage, they were hauling ass. ,

He continued: ‘The guy being chased dropped something on the ground. The guy doing the chasing picked it up and jumped back into the car and took off like the entire NYPD was chasing him.’

Hernandez was held at the station for around an hour before being taken to court, reports the New York Post

Hernandez was held at the station for around an hour before being taken to court, reports the New York Post

Hernandez is a familiar face in New York's criminal justice system

Hernandez is a familiar face in New York’s criminal justice system

In 2017 at the age of 17, he became the face of the city's bail-reform when he was sent to Rikers after refusing a plea deal for a 2015 shooting of 15-year-old boy at a Bronx bodega

In 2017 at the age of 17, he became the face of the city’s bail-reform when he was sent to Rikers after refusing a plea deal for a 2015 shooting of 15-year-old boy at a Bronx bodega

Hernandez is a familiar face in New York’s criminal justice system.

The deal involving the Bronx bodega incident would have let him walk without jail time, but he maintained his innocence and was put behind bars with a $250,000 bail for a year awaiting his trial.

His case garnered national attention, and he was eventually bailed out by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation after the amount was reduced to $100,000. The charges in that case were dropped before his trial when a witness refused to cooperate.

In the spring of 2019 he was picked up again and charged for a bodega robbery which left a victim with a slash to his face which required 15 stitches. He was released on $15,000 bail after that arrest.

Hernandez also has three open gun charges against him dating back to 2019. Over the course of the entire year, Hernandez was collared 15 times.

Other charges from three years ago included misdemeanor reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Had the city’s current bail laws been enforced at the time, Hernandez would have walked free on all of those charges without bail.

Hernandez and his attorneys have long insisted he has been harassed and targeted by the NYPD.

‘Mr. Hernandez has been a target of the NYPD,’ Bronx Defenders attorney Julia Deutsch said in 2019, ‘The details of this case will come out and the truth will prevail.’

Another attorney representing Hernandez at the time said the prison system was the only thing keeping Hernandez from living a clean life.

‘When someone has been falsely arrested as many times as Pedro, and every case has been dismissed, it doesn’t seem to warrant the comment I make over and over again,’ said attorney Alex Spiro.

‘If the system stays out of Pedro’s way, he is a unique kid with a bright future,’ Spiro added.

Hernandez currently has a lawsuit pending against the NYPD for claims of false arrest.

27 September, 2022, 9:13 am

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