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A suspected serial bank robber in New York, which is the repeated heists to shed light on the new bail reform act provides that, unexpectedly, turned himself in to authorities on Friday.
Gerod Woodberry was in Manhattan Criminal Court, said: “I have the Woodberry,” according to the New York Post. “I’m the one who’s robbing the banks.”
He is being charged in connection to the Jan. 10 robbery of a Chase Bank in Brooklyn, the Justice Department said. He is suspected of robbing six banks, all in the span a week, which started Feb. 30.
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The police have identified the person in the picture as a suspected bank robber Gerod Woodberry, 42. Woodberry turned himself into authorities on Friday. His release prompted criticism from a bail-reform law, which has resulted in the earlier release. The New York City Police Department)
Woodberry was caused by the police last week, and robbed the Brooklyn bank in less than four hours after his release from prison, authorities said.
“THIS IS A hold-up of BIG BILLS NO DYE PACK,” read a hand-written note to the bank teller.
The 42-year-old was the poster child for the criticism of the new law, effective Jan. 1 in that it does away with the bail-in of so-called non-violent crimes. As the Post reported, Woodberry as if to say: “I can’t believe they let me out. “What were they thinking?” after he was released from prison.
Proponents of the law argue that it will prevent poor people who can’t afford bail, are detained for an indefinite period of time for non-violent crimes. That is to be released must promise to show up for their court dates.
The police said Woodberry was not in possession of a gun during a crime.
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“While we need to ensure that all criminal justice systems are open to scrutiny and reform; we need also to guard against the outright dismantling of the criminal justice system, disguised as a reform of the criminal justice system,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard’donoghue said.
He pointed out that Woodberry has had five criminal convictions in his native country of South Carolina, for a strong-arm robbery. He faces up to 20 years in prison and is expected to appear in court on Sunday.