Inmate Arrested for Strangling Child Just Minutes After 'Coronavirus' Prison Release
Man carjacked woman and choked her young son roughly ten minutes after being freed
An inmate has been rearrested just ten minutes after being released from prison over coronavirus fears, according to reports.
28-year-old Daniel Orozco was arrested after he allegedly carjacked a woman and strangled her young son just a few minutes after walking free from a California jail.
Orozco was freed from the Monterey County jail after being arrested by highway patrol officers for allegedly driving the wrong way while under the influence of drugs.
Orozco was released from jail almost immediately after his arrest.
Salinas Police Department officials said Orozco allegedly forced a female driver out of her car in a parking lot about ten minutes after his release.
Salinas officials said Orozco began choking the woman’s 11-year-old son after she refused to hand over the keys to her car.
Eventually, the woman gave Orozco her keys and pulled her son out of the car, Salinas officials said, and Orozco fled the scene.
Orozco was arrested on Highway 101 and was again booked into the Monterey County Jail.
He has been charged with carjacking, kidnapping, child endangerment, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Orozco is just one of thousands of inmates to be released from jails across the country due to COVID-19 fears.
Officials in Los Angeles County, California, have now revealed that inmates are generally not being tested for the coronavirus before being released from jail, according to Breitbart.
An official with Los Angeles County’s Office of Diversion and Reentry told the Los Angeles Times in a report that many inmates are being released from jail over concerns of the coronavirus spreading but are never administered a coronavirus test.
Even if inmates are given a coronavirus test, they sometimes are not told their results until after they have already been released from jail.
The LA Times reports:
“We slowed our work down in court and shifted our resources to address the number of people released from jail,” said Peter Espinoza, a retired Superior Court judge who now heads the office. [Emphasis added]
Espinoza said they added 211 beds in new housing sites, and found housing for more than 170 inmates in a two-week period.
He said inmates in L.A. County generally are not being tested for COVID-19 before their release unless they show symptoms and many service providers now are checking for symptoms when they arrive. [Emphasis added]
California has led a national prison release effort over fears that the coronavirus will overwhelm jails and prisons.
Last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva made public surveillance footage showing inmates purposefully trying to infect themselves with coronavirus so they would be more likely to be released from jail.
As of the beginning of May, California officials have released more than 5,500 inmates into local communities since March 11.
On average, nearly 700 inmates are being released every week across the state.