The convicted intercourse fiend freed with out bail after he allegedly sucker punched a stranger right into a coma was described at a parole hearing Saturday as “an imminent threat to the community.”
Van Phu Bui, who was despatched to jail Friday solely after a public outcry and intervention by Gov. Kathy Hochul, belongs to the vicious Born to Kill gang, his parole officer, Nixa Rivera, mentioned at the Bronx continuing.
“Mr. Bui is a 55-year-old male with a persistent violent felony offender history,” Rivera mentioned. “Mr. Bui is a registered level three sex offender, the highest level on the sexual offender registry. Mr. Bui continues to be an imminent threat to the community.”
She mentioned the Vietnamese immigrant had been residing in a shelter for the previous six years, had no household or group ties, and had labored the money register at a nail salon for the previous two years.
Bui, who’s on lifetime parole, had been launched with out bail after his arrest Wednesday for punching 52-year-old Jesus Cortes unconscious on a Bronx avenue Aug. 12, in line with a prison criticism.
Cortes remained within the hospital Saturday the place his household mentioned there was no change to his situation.
The NYPD fees of tried homicide have been later downgraded by Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to misdemeanor assault and harassment, that are no-bail violations.
After outrage was sparked by The Post’s entrance web page protection Friday of Bui’s launch, Hochul claimed credit score for sending him again to jail saying her administration reached out to Clark’s office to debate the case.
“This is a person on lifetime parole, and as of minutes ago, that person is now in custody. That is at my direction,” Hochul crowed Friday. She criticized judges and district attorneys Saturday whereas talking at a Hamptons synagogue.
Rivera indicated at Saturday’s hearing that “the pending criminal charges will be elevated to felonies.”
Bui’s legal professional, Alison Lowy of the Legal Aid Society, tried to argue it was unfair that the fees could be bumped up.
“The only reason more serious charges are being considered is due to outside pressures from the press and the governor,” she mentioned. “When this incident happened, the defendant called his parole officer and she told him to turn himself in, and he did.”
Judge Maldonado Cruz ordered Bui to jail with out bail and set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Georgett Roberts