The “lucky” ex-criminal, who avoided a charge of robbery because of Manhattan’s new district attorney’s progressive policy, did not appear in court in a previous assault case – despite being explicitly warned it could get him busted again , The Post has learned.
William Rolon, 43, was ordered to appear in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday during his trial in Manhattan for allegedly using a knife to threaten a pharmacy manager during the theft of merchandise for more than $ 2,000.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Jay Weiner told Rolon that he should “feel lucky” that DA Alvin Bragg’s “new policies” meant he was only charged with petty theft – instead of robbery – and would not face “a long period in prison “. if convicted. “
Weiner also vacated an arrest warrant issued in October when Rolon did not appear in court in Brooklyn.
“But you should know, Mr. Rolon, if you do not go to Brooklyn on Tuesday … they will issue an arrest warrant for your arrest. Be careful, be sure,” Weiner said, according to a transcript of the case.
The Brooklyn case involves an incident on April 4 in Bedford-Stuyvesant in which Rolon allegedly used a broomstick to repeatedly smash the victim’s head and face, causing cuts, bruises and loss of front teeth, according to court documents.
Rolon, whose nickname is “Goya,” was allegedly helped by two accomplices during the attack, which took place when the victim, a 41-year-old man, left the building at 918 Broadway around 6 p.m.
The other men have not yet been captured and the victim is still in fear for his life, sources say.
Rolon was arrested in August and charged with second-degree assault and related crimes.
He was released without having to post any cash under state bail reform laws, which require judges to impose on defendants the “least restrictive” conditions, court records show.
Brooklyn DA’s Office sought to have bail set at $ 5,000, a spokesman said.
When Rolon did not appear in court on Tuesday, Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Archana Rao insisted on issuing a ruling, but according to court records, scheduled a new hearing for him at noon Friday.
In that case, Rolon is represented by Brooklyn Defender Services, which declined to comment.