Inmate Released From Rikers Island Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Rearrested For Sexual Assault

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on April 26, 2020

A Brooklyn man who was released from Rikers Island due to the coronavirus was arrested just 10 days after his release for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman

Robert Pondexter was originally being held at Rikers Island for a rape charge when he was released due to fear of overcrowded jails amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Just 10 days after his release he was arrested again for attempted rape, sexual assault and other criminal offenses.

On Saturday police responded to a 911 call shortly before 6 am, He allegedly grabbed a woman from a supportive housing complex and took her into a nearby parking lot.

Pondexter forced the woman to perform oral sex and demanded she remove her pants. Eventually the woman was able to kick him and get away.

Pondexter was previously arrested for raping a woman he had been using drugs with.

In mid March a corrections officer and inmate had tested positive for the coronavirus. Governor Cuomo was concerned about the virus spreading quickly and ordered the release of inmates who were nonviolent offenders being held on parole violations. A total of approximately 1200 inmates were released

Since mid March 900 employees have tested positive and 6 have passed away. 373 inmates have also tested positive and the first inmate death was reported in early April.

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