Posted on June 16, 2020

Ten Percent of Rikers Inmates Re-Arrested After Coronavirus Release: NYPD

Craig McCarthy, New York Post, June 14, 2020

Some 10 percent of those cut free from Rikers Island due to coronavirus concerns since March have since been arrested — some multiple times, The Post has learned.

Out of the roughly 2,500 inmates let go from the city’s largest jail, 250 have used the freedom to allegedly commit nearly 450 new crimes, NYPD data obtained by The Post shows.

One of the released inmates used his freedom to break into the hotel room of an out-of-state doctor who had flown up from Texas to help with the COVID pandemic.

Ronaldo Lewis was arrested May 26 on charges he swiped around $11,000 in various items from the doctor.


Then there’s 27-year-old Jonathan Martinez, who has been arrested and let go pending trial three times since his COVID-related release on March 16 — most recently for hurling a brick through a bodega window on June 6 and allegedly stealing socks, according to WNBC-TV.

He was also arrested for allegedly using a box cutter to rob someone of a phone in March. {snip}


Another one of the criminal justice frequent fliers was Seth Shaquan — a Bronx man with more than 30 arrests on domestic calls and nearly 60 misdemeanor convictions, sources said.

Shaquan pleaded guilty to criminal contempt on March 20 after ignoring multiple orders of protection by demanding to see his kids in late February, court records show.

The Bronx DA tried to get Shaquan in a drug-treatment program but after the coronavirus shut down the court, the man was given a one year conditional discharged due to COVID concerns, records and sources show.

Shaquan then continued to harass his ex-girlfriend over the five children, police sources said.