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After 4 Arrested in Bronx Car Chase 2 Released and 2 Detained 1 To Show Move Info to SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 31 – On July 29 there was a car chase in The Bronx resulting in four defendants being arrested and a Glock and $200,000 being recovered.

On July 30 the four were presented before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave, one by one. Inner City Press covered each proceeding and live tweeted it, beginning with Defendant 3:

We're on Defendant 3: lawyer says he just went for a ride in a car which had Glock & $200,000 in it. 

First defendant in the case, just after 5 pm, was detained on consent. On Defendant 2, US Attorney agreed to release on $50,000 bond - returning to courthouse tomorrow for GPS bracelet (Location Monitoring person left at 5 pm, like yesterday)

Now US Attorney opposes release of Defendant 3, whose lawyer says "he co-defendant was his boss, and it was a hot night."

AUSA: We have Facetime video with the console or trap in the car open with $200,000 in it. Defendant 3 was there. Why did he run from the DEA?

Judge Cave: Was the money put into the car at the restaurant? AUSA: Unclear. Earlier the only car in the parking lot was the Equinox. (Laughs). Three were in the Equinox. Defendant 3 was alone in the Suburban with the Glock.

 Defendant 3's lawyer (D3L): What did you do wrong? Other than go for a drive with the wrong people?  Judge Cave: Who would sign a bond for him? D3L: He has an uncle who owns a business that does very well.

 Judge Cave: I am prepared to rule. Last night's events concern me. But Defendant 3 was not the driver. He was apprehended quickly after he got out of the car. There is another way to look at all of these facts.

Judge Cave: Yes he was in a car with a gun and cash. But what was Defendant 3's connection to these? I think he has rebutted the statutory presumption and there are conditions to assure his appearance in court and safety... $50,000 bond, self-installation of GPS

Judge Cave: It does concern me that you tried to flee. But maybe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Stay safe. We are adjourned.

 And we're back - Defendant 4 is up, and AUSA is arguing for detention. It was D4's Suburban with the gun and money in it. Let's see. AUSA: "This is a felon possessing a loaded Glock, 8 bullets in the chamber, $200,000 in the trap, seeking to buy 10 kilos of coke"

AUSA: "Here Pre Trial Services is recommending detention which is rare... " Judge Cave: Is there a history between D4 with the others? [Two of whom have been ordered released this evening. Pre-COVID, this might have been a 4 defendant presentment. Now, 1 by 1]

Defendant 4's lawyer: We propose $500,000 bond, with $200,000 of it in cash [!]

 Defendant 4's lawyer: He disputes he owns the Suburban. He disputes he tried to run over the DEA agent.  His mother is an employee of the IRS. And he is technically obese.

 AUSA: There is an increase in crime and guns in The Bronx during COVID. Defendant 4 should not be able to use COVID as a get out of jail free card. He fled on foot, extreme consciousness of guilt. He claims to be the unluckiest man in the world [after Defendant 3]

 Judge Cave: I am detaining Defendant 4 - but setting it down for a further bail hearing next week. Pre-trial services was not able to reach D4's family members, I don't know that influenced their recommendation. I want to give time to give information on the properties.

The case is US v. Reyes et al., 20-mj-8016 (Cave).  


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