NYPD bail reform symbol led to cell being held by NYPD cop he’s suing
Former bail reform poster Pedro Hernandez was back in a jail cell on Tuesday facing attempted murder charges – and in a strange coincidence he was led into a holding cell by an officer of the NYPD whom he charged with assault and wrongful arrest.
During his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, Hernandez came face to face with Detective David Terrell, whom Hernandez prosecuted twice.
Terrell, a 20-year veteran of the NYPD, has been serving arraignments in Manhattan Criminal Court since he was placed on office duty A few years ago.
Terrell said that after a judge ordered Hernandez held without bail, he took Hernandez to the courthouse holding cells.
The detective described Hernandez as quiet and “damn vicious.”
“I never had any problem with Pedro,” Terrell told the Daily News. “Prison might be the only thing good for him…He was never guided.”
Hernandez’s civil attorney, Andrew Laufer, said he was outraged to learn of the courthouse meeting and Terrell’s comments and said he should have disclosed he was in litigation.
“He is the main accused. He shouldn’t be near my client. He shouldn’t touch my client, be in contact with my client, treat my client — do anything with my client,” Laufer said. “It’s just completely inappropriate.”
Laufer said the case against Terrell and the city has reached a “meaningful” stage in settlement talks.
The legal department declined to comment.
Hernandez, 22, a Bronx resident, was arrested Monday at his mother’s home in Williamsbridge. He was arraigned on Tuesday before Manhattan Judge Michael Gaffey on charges of attempted murder and weapons for an Aug. 28 shooting near St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Prosecutors said after losing his money and jewelry in a three-card riding game, Hernandez followed the winner to his car and fired a bullet through the driver’s window.
“Fortunately, the shot missed both plaintiffs,” Assistant District Attorney Jennifer El-Fakir said during Hernandez’s arraignment.
Hernandez then jumped in the back of a black BMW to the Palace Hotel, El-Fakir said, and chased the man in his vehicle, who eventually dropped his belongings and fled when the pursuit resumed on foot.
El-Fakir said CCTV captured the chaotic chase. She cited an open assault charge against Hernandez in Puerto Rico and a handgun possession case in New Jersey. His criminal defense attorney, Andre Travieso, said Hernandez denies all charges.
Dubbed the poster child for bail reform after spending a year behind bars because he couldn’t raise a $100,000 bond to be released on charges stemming from a 2016 shooting, Hernandez briefly had his name cleared when the Bronx DA dropped the case.
He has since been arrested at least five times for a litany of alleged offenses, which his lawyers say is a continuation of targeted harassment by the NYPD.
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Hernandez faces up to 25 years if convicted on the new attempted murder charge.