Earlier this week, I wrote about how the wave of criminals who are not being locked up is terrorizing D.C.
In February, Rep. Angie Craig was assaulted by a career criminal in the elevator of her D.C. building. The attacker, who had previously been busted 13 times for assault, decided to go for his 14th outing by punching the congresswoman in the face while trying to force her inside.
Kendrid Hamlin, the congresswoman’s attacker, has a rap sheet dating back to his teenage years. At 26, he’s been in court thirteen times on assault charges which would add up to an average of more than once a year as an adult. Along the way he has faced drug charges, burglary and indecent acts and yet never spent more than a month at a time in prison.
On March 25th, Phillip Todd, the chief economist for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, was violently stabbed by a criminal who had just gotten out of prison 24 hours earlier.
The latest horrifying crime in D.C. is more of the same.
A woman cried “help” from Room 116 at the Ivy City Hotel. But by the time police arrived, the lights were off and she was silent.
The officers shined a flashlight at the window and, through the blinds, saw a man with blood on his hand. On the floor beside him, they found 31-year-old Christy Bautista, dead from 30 stab wounds.
Charging documents released Monday chronicle the brutal killing of Bautista, a woman from Harrisonburg, Va., in an attack Friday evening off New York Avenue in Northeast Washington. Court records also shed light on the criminal history of the man accused of killing her: He had been released from jail after pleading guilty to attempted robbery in D.C. while awaiting trial on a separate larceny charge in Prince George’s County. In recent months, he had missed court dates in both places, and court records show authorities had sought warrants for his arrest.
Sydnor was accused of approaching a woman sitting in her car in Southeast Washington in October — brandishing a firearm and demanding that she exit the vehicle and give him her keys and cellphone, according to charging documents. He later pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, a reduction from his initial charge of armed robbery.
In January, prosecutors agreed to Sydnor’s release from jail before sentencing, though he was subject to high-intensity supervision. The U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. declined to explain that decision — with a spokesperson saying Monday that they cannot comment on pending litigation. Sydnor’s attorney in the case declined to comment.
When you decline to prosecute in 67% of cases, there are consequences.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, who was appointed by President Biden, declined to prosecute 67% of those arrested in the city in 2021.
“I can promise you, it’s not MPD holding the bag on this. That’s B.S.,” D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee told The Washington Post. “Of course we are concerned. We believe every person we arrest should be off the streets.”
Christy Bautista didn’t have to die, but that’s what pro-crime policies do, they destroy and take lives. And that blood is ultimately on Biden’s hands.