The Democrats’ poster boy for bail reform in New York City has been arrested for attempted murder, police have revealed.
Pedro Hernandez, 22, was arrested on Monday after a warrant had been issued, police said.
Hernandez was taken into custody by the NYPD around 2 pm and taken to the Midtown North Precinct.
He was sought for an attempted murder charge over an August 28 shooting outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
According to law enforcement, Hernandez started shooting when he became irate after getting fleeced during a three-card monte game.
Criminal justice advocates fought to get Hernandez released in 2015 after he served one year at Rikers Island on a robbery case.
He has a lengthy criminal record and three open gun cases in the Bronx.
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According to The New York Post:
Hernandez, 22, is suspected of firing into an occupied red Mercedes Benz after losing cash and a gold chain in the notoriously rigged sidewalk hustle.
According to police sources, Hernandez was at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 50th Street around 5:45 p.m. Aug. 18 when he lost the dough and jewelry while playing the game.
Irate, he demanded the two men return the items — and fired a single shot into their luxury car when they refused and drove off, sources said.
Hernandez allegedly jumped into his black BMW and drove after the other car into the parking garage of the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue.
He ended up chasing the men on foot, sources said.
One of the men dropped Hernandez’s cash and gold chain while running, prompting Hernandez to pick up the items and flee, sources said.
The men who were shot at were eventually taken into custody on unrelated open warrants, sources said.