Man Who Beat Woman Re-Arrested Within Hours After Being Released Without Bail
New York, NY – A man who was released without bail after he knocked out a woman’s teeth in an unprovoked attack in Manhattan was arrested again hours later for aggressive panhandling.
Police said that 26-year-old Eugene Webb slugged a 23-year-old woman in the face and knocked out two of her teeth as she exited a train on Jan. 8, the New York Post reported.
Webb, who is homeless, was arrested on Jan. 10 and released without bail just hours after his arrest under New York’s new bail reform law that did away with cash bail for all but the most violent of felonies.
He has a history of random, unprovoked attacks on woman in Manhattan, according to the New York Daily News.
Shortly after he was released after knocking the woman's teeth out, Webb was arrested again in Greenwich Village for aggressively panhandling, according to WABC.
When police approached Webb, he tried to run.
There was a brief chase and Webb surrendered, according to WABC.
Police found a glass pipe on Webb that had the drug K2 in it.
He was charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and obstructing government administration, WABC reported.
The New York Post reported that Webb had attacked a 29-year-old woman near Grand Central Station just hours after he hit the 23-year-old.
Webb has been accused of attacking several other people in Manhattan.
New York Police Department (NYPD) sources told the New York Post that Webb had several previous arrests on his recording, including an unprovoked attack on a 35-year-old woman in September of 2018.
Webb sucker-punched his victim on that occasion.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Michael Gaffey said that Webb appeared “confused and disheveled” and ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the homeless man for the repeated unprovoked attacks, the New York Post reported.
“Based upon that I believe he may have mental illness, which I believe will result in serious harm to himself and to others,” Gaffey explained. “Based upon the facts on the record and prior mentioned history, I am going to issue a civil order and I will direct the Sheriff’s Department to remove Mr. Webb to a hospital.”
Webb’s next scheduled court appearance is on Feb. 25, the New York Post reported.
“If we’re just going to keep letting him out, he’s going to keep doing the same thing. Every time we let him out, he does this,” a court officer said.
A new law that eliminated cash bail for many violent crimes went into effect on January 1 in New York.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who made bail reform his goal in 2019, has had to concede that some of the new laws don’t work as written, WHAM reported.
Even Democrats like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was an outspoken supporter of doing away with cash bail in an effort to keep more non-violent offenders out of jail, had to concede that the initiative hadn’t gotten off to the best start, Spectrum News reported.
Republican lawmakers quickly made moves to repeal the faulty new bail reform law that quickly dumped numerous repeat offenders back onto city streets without consequence.
“This is not what justice looks like,” New York State Senate Minority Leader John J. Flanagan told The New York Times.
Flanagan said that that law enforcement and district attorneys warned lawmakers last year that the proposed law doing away with cash bail would be an “unmitigated disaster.”
The senator urged state senate Democrats to stop talking about voting reform and worry about repealing the bail reform laws.
“The public is less safe today as a result of the laws that were enacted last year. This is germane. This is important to the people we represent. And this should be the number one priority of the New York state senate today,” Flanagan argued emotionally.
All of the state senate Democrats voted against Flanagan’s measure to repeal the new bail reform law, according to the senator’s website.