Media Blog

Out on Bail

It turns out the illegal immigrant who turned himself in to Mayor Booker on Friday was out on bail…twice:

August 11, 2007 — He shouldn’t have been free.
New Jersey authorities twice allowed a suspected child rapist to slip out of custody with minimal bail without reporting his illegal immigrant status to the feds – leaving him free to allegedly massacre three college students in a Newark schoolyard.
“This is one that slipped through the cracks. He’s an illegal alien,” said outraged dad James Harvey, whose son Dashon was murdered last Saturday, along with Terrance Aeriel and Iofemi Hightower.
While 28-year-old day laborer Jose Larchire Carranza was behind bars yesterday, prosecutors arrested a third suspect, who is 15 years old, in Morristown, and charged him with felony murder.
Another 15-year-old has also been charged.
Harvey said that Carranza, the alleged ringleader, “should never have been out in the first place.”
“He’s got child abuse charges. He’s got a weapon. It’s an outrage to the justice system and the community that he’s out.”
At a press conference at the scene of the crime last night, Newark Mayor Cory Booker echoed that sentiment.
“You can obviously say that the system is not working,” said Booker. “We have a problem.”


The Latest