Is bail reform to blame for Bronx feces attack suspect being out on the streets?

The man charged in the Wakefield subway station feces smearing incident is back on the streets, and people are questioning if it's because of bail reform.

News 12 Staff

Mar 9, 2022, 10:53 PM

Updated 838 days ago

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The man charged in the Wakefield subway station feces smearing incident is back on the streets, and people are questioning if it's because of bail reform.
Last Tuesday, 37-year-old Frank Abrokwa was walked out of a Bronx precinct, charged with forcible touching, disorderly conduct and harassment in the Feb. 21 incident.
Surveillance video of the incident appears to show Abrokwa smearing feces on a woman who was waiting for the train at the 241st Street subway platform. This wasn't the first attack on an unsuspecting person in which he is suspected.
Abrokwa was arrested and charged on March 3 in a hate crime incident in Brooklyn from September 2021 in which police say he spat on a man and yelled antisemitic statements.
On Feb. 22, a day after the subway incident, a criminal complaint alleges Abrokwa stole a screwdriver and Mace from a hardware store in the Bronx and threatened employees.
With a long rap sheet, some question why he's back on the streets and if this is a bail reform issue.
News 12 reached out to the Bronx District Attorney's Office, which responded this is not a bail reform issue. The office requested $5,000 cash bail. The statement goes on to say, "We believed bail was appropriate because of the horrendous nature of this case and because of Mr. Abrokwa's open assault cases in Manhattan and open petite larceny case in the Bronx... We submitted the affidavits/complaints from the open Manhattan cases, but they were statements from a police officer informed by the victims named in the complaint, and not directly from the victims, so Judge Licitra considered them hearsay."
News 12 also asked for comment from the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, which said, "The Brooklyn case was not eligible for bail because the incident happened back in September 2021 when the defendant did not have any open case. As a non-violent felony, bail could not be set under the law. We requested and received supervised release."


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