The deranged attacker and career criminal who stabbed two teen girls visiting from Paraguay was released two weeks before by a judge after threatening a random person. The violent criminal has been arrested at least 17 times before this attempted murder.
The Bronx judge had cut him loose despite recent vicious outbursts. He is now being held without bail.
Prosecutors wanted Steven Hutcherson, 36, to be committed to a psychiatric program for randomly threatening a stranger on a Bronx street last month, but Judge Matthew Grieco instead gave the career criminal a conditional discharge that put him back on the street, records show.
At other times, he became violent.
Less than two weeks later, he stabbed a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old who were sitting at a table eating lunch in Grand Central. He was charged with attempted murder.
On Christmas Day, Hutcherson entered a restaurant, Tartinery, at Grand Central, and an employee asked him to leave, according to the criminal complaint. Mr. Hutcherson, who is Black, then asked a second employee to seat him.
“I don’t want to sit with the Black people,” he said, according to the complaint. “I want to sit with the crackers,” the NY Times reported.
Shortly after he was seated and given water, the complaint says, he stood and approached a table where the girls and their parents, visitors from Paraguay, who appeared to be white. Authorities say he pulled a knife and stabbed one of the girls in the back.
As the family tried to escape, he stabbed the second girl in the leg, according to the criminal complaint. Neither injury was life-threatening, and the girls were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where the older sister was treated for a collapsed lung, according to officials and the complaint.
THE LAX JUDGE
“If the judge had only held this individual accountable, two innocent tourists, children, may have had a Merry Christmas instead of an ‘attempted murderous’ Christmas,” a law enforcement source said Wednesday, reports Newsbreak.
“Now this is [their] permanent view of New York City — almost being murdered.”
The judge should be held accountable in some way for the reckless release of this individual.
Hutcherson, who also uses the name Esteban Estonia Asues, has been arrested at least 17 times over the last two decades — and the subject of more than a half dozen domestic violence complaints by a Manhattan woman he has allegedly stalked for over a year, according to sources.
He’s also had a string of encounters with cops for mental health disturbances.
We have a new policy in New York City. If the perp is black, he can commit crimes repeatedly.