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NYC Sucker-Punch Victim Recovering, Suspect Re-arrested for Alleged Parole Violation

NYC Sucker-Punch Victim Recovering, Suspect Re-arrested for Alleged Parole Violation

Jesus Cortes, 52, is off the ventilator and slowly speaking to his family. Thank goodness.

Authorities re-arrested convicted sex offender Bui Van Phu, 55, the suspect in a brutal sucker punch attack outside a Bronx restaurant.

But they did not re-arrest Phu because of the attack. They arrested him for an alleged parole violation.

The public fumed when the Bronx District Attorney’s office dropped the attempted murder charge to third-degree assault and second-degree harassment, which are misdemeanors.

The Bronx Criminal Court released him “on supervised release without bail” since the new charges are not eligible for bail.

Gotta love the new bail laws!

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is in a heated race for office against Rep. Lee Zeldin. She stepped in when she heard about authorities releasing Bui, “instructing corrections officials to expedite an investigation into whether he violated terms of parole.”

Hochul also contacted Bronx DA Darcel D. Clark.

Bui told his parole officer he sucker-punched Jesus Cortez, 52. The parole officer could not arrest him “without ‘additional clear and convincing evidence’ he had violated the terms of his parole on the sex assault charge.” From Fox News:

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) said that its officers are “required to conduct a thorough investigation before taking someone into custody for an alleged parole violation,” according to a statement obtained by Fox News. “Officers cannot act unilaterally, even when they have information that an individual has committed another crime.”

“In this case, the assigned parole Officer (PO) recognized Bui from the Crime Stoppers video and alerted the NYPD. Shortly thereafter, Bui called his PO and made admissions, and his PO directed Bui to turn himself into the NYPD,” the statement said. “A judge released Mr. Bui on his own recognizance.”

“Given this information, DOCCS was in the process of an investigation and expedited efforts at the direction of the Governor,” it continued. “After that comprehensive review, DOCCS issued a warrant and took Mr. Bui in custody. A judge remanded him to New York City Department of Correction custody based on the agency’s work. DOCCS will continue with the parole revocation process and cooperate with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as it prosecutes the assault charges.”

Bui has been on parole since 2019:

Bui was convicted of first-degree sex abuse in the Bronx in 1995 and was sentenced to six years to life in prison, according to state records. He was paroled in 2019 and is now registered as a Level 3 sex offender — the most serious designation — for sexually abusing the 17-year-old girl in 1994, according to state records.

Bui was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and robbery in the city back in the 1990s, police sources said.

Nixa Rivera, Bui’s parole officer, told the court that he “continues to be an imminent threat to the community.”

Why did the parole board grant him parole!?

Thank goodness Cortes is on the road to recovery. Bui fractured his skull, and doctors had to put him in a medically-induced coma. The hospital took him off the ventilator, and he can speak to his family, even if he can only give one-word answers.


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If the law won’t protect people, soon enough we’ll see vigilantes taking matters into their own hands.

“Suspect Re-arrested for Alleged Parole Violation”
I’m “shocked… simply shocked.”

Wait… committing a violent felony ISN’T a parole violation???

    NotCoach in reply to clintack. | August 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Well, when the felony is downgraded to a misdemeanor maybe not. I don’t know, but New York’s soft on crime approach is sure to pay dividends. These people are absolutely idiotic in how they are approaching these issues, and it will all eventually blow up in their faces.

    Milhouse in reply to clintack. | August 24, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    It is, but as the posting says, officers are “required to conduct a thorough investigation before taking someone into custody for an alleged parole violation […] Officers cannot act unilaterally, even when they have information that an individual has committed another crime.” So he could not be rearrested until then. That’s all.

If you live in one of these cities you should consider this quote.

“You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.” -Alejandro “Sicario” (2015 film)”

    gonzotx in reply to ghost dog. | August 24, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    So true

    We have to leave the cities, let them wall themselves in and them outside of the small towns

    We can’t let them infiltrate what is left of sanity

Reminded me of the knock out supposedly a game urban kids would do to a unsuspecting person on the street.

Another Voice | August 24, 2022 at 4:08 pm

When government, federal, state, local won’t staff and enforce laws to remand criminals and protect the public, it does instill a need for those in these communities having to arm themselves. Not by choice, but by default.

We are not Mexico, but when you see over time of the previous 50 years where their government allowed the Cartels to get the upper hand and “they” are now the “Police” and are able to control commerce.

We’re not there, YET….the markers are showing signs that by giving a pass to those who are the law breakers and who do personal harm that we are on the same path. How long does this continue until communities at large opt to take up arms as in a third world country.

Every decent person should flee New York and just let it collapse under the weight of corruption and wokeness

Notice that Hochul is absolutely NOT saying that he should actually be prosecuted and go to jail over this utterly depraved assault on a completely innocent bystander.

No, she’s just saying maybe his parole should be revoked.

This piece of scum should be in jail the rest of his life.

    CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | August 24, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Hochul just might be talking herself into an election loss. She has the power to replace the DA but won’t. The bail reform bill was part of set off trade off/log rolling swaps in NY budget legislation. As I understand it, she keeps defending the bail reform legislation but places blame on individual DA do their charging decisions then refuses to use her power to replace them.

    Zelden is leveraging the crime issue for all it is worth, it’s up to voters to decide if they want the architect and chief supporter of the bail reform laws to retain power. This is a pivotal election for NY State and if they decide to trust Hochul enough to elect her then the future results will be squarely on those pulling the lever for her.

Subotai Bahadur | August 24, 2022 at 7:04 pm

Hochul is safe in that Democrats count the votes there. That, and to be honest the Left in New York still consider criminals to be society’s victims. “rochf” said that “every decent person” should flee New York. How many of those are left?

Subotai Bahadur

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | August 25, 2022 at 5:29 am

    How many people, decent or otherwise, live payday to payday so can’t just move away? How many are so old that there’s really no way for them to get a fresh start elsewhere? How many of them have businesses where they can’t just walk away?

The guy needs an ass kicking … it’s just that simple.

Notice how the vile Dumb-o-crats only pretend to get “tough on crime” when there’s an upcoming election and their political survival is at stake. The rest of the time they’re engaging in their usual callous and indefensible coddling/enabling of criminals and evincing their perennial and reflexive indifference towards public and citizen safety.

It’s outrageous that this guy was rearrested for a parole violation. Not at all fair. He deserves to be on the street, and New Yorkers deserve to suffer the consequences of electing the people they elect.