New York – An 83-year-old woman was dragged to the ground, and had her purse snatched by a suspect who was then released under the state’s new bail reform law.
Video shows 56-year-old Dana White, of Jamaica, Queens, walking up behind the victim in front of a building on Eldridge St. on the Lower East Side at about 5:45am Monday.
When the woman turns to escape his grasp, the thief puts his arms around her neck and drags her to the ground, the video shows.
The woman struggles on the pavement and waves her cane as she tries to fight off the fiend, who soon yanks her purse from around her neck and leaves her on the ground.
White was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with robbery — but was released without bail by the new legislation, which restricts bail for most low-level crimes, requiring a robbery to have caused an injury before a judge is allowed to set bail.
White has at least 14 previous arrests, including at least 6 robbery charges and charges for criminal possession of a weapon, trespassing, and assault, reports said.