Serial slugger who targeted women released under new bail reform
A homeless man with a criminal history of assaulting women was cut loose without bail Friday — despite allegedly beating up two women in unprovoked attacks hours apart the day before.
Eugene Webb is the latest defendant to be let out on supervised release under the state’s newly imposed bail reform, which allows those charged with most misdemeanors and some felonies to walk free.
Webb, 26, is accused of randomly punching a 23-year-old woman in the face so hard Wednesday around 6 a.m. in Greenwich Village that one of her teeth was knocked out.
He allegedly struck again the same day just after 7 p.m., attacking a 35-year-old woman near Grand Central Terminal, shoving her to the ground and kicking the back of her head, prosecutors said.
Webb, who police believe is homeless, was nabbed shortly after the second assault.
At his arraignment Friday morning, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Ashlyn Rich requested that Webb be held on at least $10,000 cash bail — noting that the serial slugger had an open case for a similar assault in September and failed to return to court for an Oct. 7 date.
“The first incident charged in the defendant’s new case took place on West Houston Street, a little over a mile from this courthouse. The second incident took place on 42nd Street,” Rich told the judge. “This is clear and convincing evidence that the defendant is fully capable of moving around Manhattan, at will, with nothing to prevent him from returning to court.”
Judge Ann Thompson freed Webb, who is charged in the newest case with misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and second-degree aggravated harassment, on supervised release.
Webb left his arraignment with a smile on his face. He’s due back in court Feb. 25.
His lawyer Rebecca Phipps declined to comment.
Cops said Webb’s rap sheet includes busts for criminal trespassing, forcible touching and resisting arrest.
The new soft-on-crime bail reform also played a key role in the whirlwind Brooklyn case of Tiffany Harris, who was twice released without bail despite getting arrested three times in five days on assault charges.
She was finally ordered held for a psychiatric evaluation earlier this month after her latest bust.
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