HARRIMAN – A Bronx man has been released on an appearance ticket following his violent assault on his girlfriend at his Harriman workplace. The pair of incidents, 10 minutes apart on Tuesday afternoon were captured on surveillance video obtained by Mid-Hudson News.
Harriman Village Police Chief Dan Henderson said Jay Vazquez-Paulino of the Bronx was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault and harassment.
It is alleged that he chased the victim down a hallway at Superior Package Company, slammed her against a wall, threw a phone at her, and slid a 12-inch knife up his coat sleeve, pulling it out partway in her presence.
Chief Henderson said the new criminal justice laws are protecting the defendants more than the victims. “My fear is there will be a lot of recidivism and that the victims will no longer be protected if we are not able to not only arraign, but to get bail on these subjects and put them in jail right after the incident happens,” he said.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said because of the severity of the crime, he should have gone to jail. “The fact that it is captured on video goes further showing the strength of the case and the fact that he did have an intention to do harm here,” he said. “The real issue here is that this gentleman was released with a ticket and given an order of protection and again is free to terrorize this woman, which in domestic cases there should be bail and situations are often used for a cooling-off period to allow parties to cool off.”
Chief Henderson said an order of protection, issued on behalf of the victim, is a piece of paper, not a shield to protect the victim.