A 29-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela named Daniel Hernandez Martinez has been causing chaos in New York City since his arrival two months ago. Martinez was first arrested on June 28, just one day after arriving in the city, and has since been arrested at least six more times on a total of 14 different charges. These charges include randomly attacking three strangers and two police officers.
The New York Post reported on Martinez’s alleged crime spree, which began with petty larceny at a Cosco on June 28. On July 6, he shoplifted at a Duane Reade in Columbus Circle and pulled a knife on an undercover officer. On July 31, Martinez attacked a man with a bike tire in front of the Row Hotel. And on August 21, he violently attacked a woman in Midtown, grabbing her by the hair and dragging her across the floor before kicking her and smashing her phone. Other charges include threatening a stranger with a weapon and using a large metal pipe to break locks and steal bicycles in Times Square.
According to a veteran NYC officer, these incidents are not isolated, as many migrants are getting arrested for violent crimes in the city. The lack of proper vetting and identification makes it difficult to determine who these individuals are. It is clear that Martinez, in particular, has been wreaking havoc and is just one example of the consequences of Joe Biden’s broken border policies.
In a recent incident, Martinez assaulted a police officer at Beth Israel Hospital while seeking medical attention. This prompted a bail application from Assistant District Attorney Jared Hotchkiss, who highlighted that Martinez has been arrested five times in less than two months and poses a significant threat to public safety.
Despite the prosecutor’s recommendation for a $10,000 bail, the judge set the bail at $5,000. This decision was criticized due to the severity of Martinez’s crimes and the ongoing danger he poses to the community.
Martinez’s case exemplifies the illegal immigration crisis caused by Biden’s border policies and the failure of New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s “Less is More” act signed into law in 2021. This act grants leniency to parolees and removes reasons for sending them back to prison for technical parole violations.
The consequences of these lax policies are clear in Martinez’s repeated arrests and violent actions. It is crucial for officials to address these failures in order to protect the safety of New York residents and maintain the rule of law.