On September 2oth, an ex-con vagrant with a long rap sheet, brutally beat a women at a New York subway station. The suspect, 41-year-old Waheed Foster, already had two prior arrests for assault before attacking Elizabeth Gomes. Gomes was on her way to work at Kennedy Airport when the attack occurred.
Gomes suffered horrific injuries and may lose vision in one eye.
Gomes shared her experience in an interview with ABC7 New York.
Gomes shared through tears,”Do you know how scared I am now? I was never a person to be scared.”
” I can’t see anything on my right side, honestly. And it just hurts.”
Foster, who violated his parole before the attack, was free to roam New York and continue his violence because of the “Less is More” act that was signed into law by NY Governor Kathy Hochul in 2021.
The Less is More Act gives more leniency to parolees and removes reasons to put parolees back behind bars. According the the New York Post, “It removes technical parole violations like being late for an appointment, missing a curfew or finding alcohol or drugs in urine samples. And the act would speed up the timeframe to judicial review for any violations.”
Hochul is facing Republican Lee Zeldin in the race for NY Governor. Zeldin has received numerous endorsements from NY Democrats fed up with Hochul’s failed leadership.
A ex-con vagrant accused of beating a woman in a Queens subway station had been arrested for violating his parole weeks before the caught-on-video attack — only to be cut loose thanks to a state “reform’’ backed by Gov. Hochul, critics charge.
Waheed Foster, 41, was still on parole for an assault rap when he was arrested twice for misdemeanors in August, records show.
But instead of being held on the parole violation — as his parole officer wanted — a judge freed the career criminal, who also killed his grandma when he was 14.
New York state’s new “Less is More” act — signed into law by Hochul in 2021 — allowed the move by taking away the discretion of parole officers to be able to put dangerous criminals back behind bars themselves.
The law essentially allows accused parole violators new levels of due process, with the goal of keeping people with low-level technical violations out of jail. But critics say it is also resulting in alleged dangerous people walking free when they would have previously been locked up.
The attack can be seen below from ABC7 New York. Warning, graphic content.