‘Gang member’, 17, is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl while out on $6K bail for robbery – after Brooklyn judge ignored prosecutor’s plea for a $225K bond
- Prosecutors asked for 17-year-old Tony Johnson, so have his bail set at $225,000
- But Brooklyn judge Court Justice Craig Walker set Johnson’s bail at $6,000
- It allowed him to allegedly re-offend several times including robbery and assault
Prosecutors asked for 17-year-old Tony Johnson, so have his bail set at $225,000 but a judge set it at $6,000 allowing him to be set free and allegedly re-offend
A alleged Brooklyn gang member who was facing 34 counts including charges of armed robbery and assault and who was released on $6,000 bail has allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.
Prosecutors had asked for 17-year-old Tony Johnson, so have his bail set at $225,000 but a Brooklyn judge denied the request allowing him to essentially walk free from jail for a paltry $6,000.
But instead of behaving himself, the reputed member of the Folk Nation gang, went on to create more havoc with a series of strong-arm robberies and assaults.
The New York Post details how after returning to his home in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Johnson allegedly snatched a cellphone from the hand of a female victim on the grounds of the sprawling Breukelen Houses and then ran off.
The following day, two miles away from home, Johnson allegedly struck again this time punching a female victim in the face before grabbing the victim’s purse.
The woman ended up having to go to hospital for treatment to a busted lip.
An hour later, Johnson returned to his home neighborhood of Breukelen Houses where he is alleged to have threatened a male victim.
‘Give me your sneakers or I’ll stab you,’ Johnson allegedly said.
After being set free on bail, Johnson returned to his home neighborhood of Breukelen Houses in Canarsie, Brooklyn, where he is alleged to have committed a number of crimes
Court papers as seen by The Post detail how Johnson’s threat saw the man remove his shoes before running off.
In October, Johnson appeared to have ramped up his assaults, this time allegedly sneaking up on a 12-year-old girl as she walked through the Breukelen Houses on her way to pick up her sister at school.
Johnson is alleged to have demanded the girl’s cellphone and cash before forcing the teen into a basement where he ordered her to take off her pants and underwear.
Brooklyn judge Court Justice Craig Walker set Johnson’s bail at $6,000 but he has not explained his reasoning for doing so
He is allegedly sexually assaulted the girl and forced her to engage in a sec act.
Johnson was caught last week and is now being held at the Horizon Juvenile Center in The Bronx this time on a total $105,000 bail.
‘It is a disgrace that this teen is allowed back out on the streets to ruin a poor girl’s life,’ said a Brooklyn detective. ‘Nobody ever talks about the victims. This poor girl’s life has been ruined because they gave this guy another chance he didn’t deserve.’
Court records show that it was Court Justice Craig Walker who set Johnson’s bail at $6,000 the first time around. He has so far refused to state why he overruled the request for $225,000 bail.
‘We don’t comment on these things,’ Walker told The Post. ‘I couldn’t even tell you the facts of that case.’
Defense lawyer Jay Schwitzman who is representing Johnson says his client ‘maintains he is innocent and will fight the charges in court.’