Filbert Month Gacinya, 34, was allowed to go out of the prison because of overcrowding in less than a week after he allegedly beat a 90-year-old wife “cold.”
(Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)
An Oregon man arrested last week for allegedly punching a 90-year-old woman in the face was later released — because the prison was too crowded.
Filbert Month Gacinya, 34, was taken into custody shortly after the unprovoked attack, and charged with indecent exposure, public indecency and assault in the fourth degree, FOX12 Oregon reported.
“He was falling into his trousers, and displaying himself, oh yes, he was an exhibitionist,” the victim, who was not identified to protect her safety, told FOX12. “And he was shouting. But I was trying very hard not to pay attention to that and just walk along.”
The 90-year-old woman was struck in the face, in the centre of Portland: “I was out cold’. https://t.co/JLhiOVAn7W pic.twitter.com/9rRpdK7JSX
— FOX 12 Oregon KPTV (@fox12oregon) September 29, 2018
The victim told the station that she can’t remember what happened next.
“I was cold and when I woke up I was on the pavement in the cement-and this woman was helping me and I said: ‘What happened, did I fall?’ And they said, ” No, you were beaten.'”
The 90-year-old went to the Multnomah County Justice Center to confront her attacker on Friday, but to her surprise he never appeared.
According to the Oregonian, Gacinya and 19 others were allowed to walk out of the prison of the previous Sunday for “emergency overcrowding.” Records show 162 prisoners are let go for the crowding of this year, the paper reported.
“Why is a man who bashes a 90-year-old in the face, leaving her knocked out on the sidewalk to be released?”
– Victim’s daughter in a letter to DA
The victim is the daughter of a letter to the officer of justice, with the question: “Why is a man who bashes a 90-year-old in the face, leaving her knocked out on the sidewalk to be released?”
Sheriff Sgt. Brandon White confirmed to the Oregonian that lower-level suspects to be released when the budget constraints hold more beds are not available.
“Unfortunately, that is the way it is,” White said.
Gacinya is due back in court Oct. 26.