Migrant allegedly tries to steal famed FDNY vessel, gets freed with no bail and immediately racks up another charge

Soft-on-crime set sail when an illegal alien allegedly became a Big Apple boat thief and, within a day, returned to the scene of a fireboat joyride with new demands.

As New Yorkers have grown increasingly fed-up with the leftist policies that have crippled the once great Gotham with violent crime coupled with the crisis wrought by the open border, the justice system has yet to stray from fostering lawlessness.

According to a report from the New York Post, a prime example occurred Friday when only hours after being released without bail when faced with two counts of grand larceny for alleged boat theft, an Ecuadorian national was said to have returned and tried to force his way onto another vessel.

“I was like, ‘What the f–k are you doing here?'” an employee of the Frying Pan identified as Mario told the newspaper after contending that 22-year-old Juan Hernandez had returned. “I told him to go away. He started talking s–t, and he ran away.”

Hernandez had been released without bail Friday morning by Judge Marva Brown after he had been arrested early Thursday morning having allegedly unmoored the famed FDNY vessel turned museum, the John J. Harvey. In the course of its decades-long service, that vessel had been used on Sept. 11, 2001, to help evacuate people from Manhattan after it was brought out of retirement.

The illegal alien’s alleged failure to get the fireboat moving was followed by a jump into the Hudson River and a swim to the sailboat J/80, owned by the Hudson River Community Sailing School, upon which he was reportedly caught and arrested downriver from Pier 66.

“Welcome to New York,” said Frying Pan vice president Eric Fischer. “We thought this would just be a one-day news story. [We] wouldn’t imagine he would get out on two grand larcenies, but here we are.”

Pier 66 Maritime co-owner Angela Krevey detailed to the Post that Hernandez had supposedly been attempting to board the bigger vessel from which the adjacent floating bar and restaurant takes its name, and suspected that he had potentially mistaken it for the Harvey as he claimed to be seeking his passport.

“The seafaring thief was back,” she said. “He was very belligerent…He demanded to come on to the barge.”

“We called the police. The police said they couldn’t do anything because he’s a free man,” added Krevey who was incredulous at the state of New York. “If he was charged with two counts of grand larceny, why was he released from jail? I don’t get this city, I really don’t.”

“I want my city back,” she lamented as even the alleged boat thief’s illegal status was not enough to hold him as the state maintains a “non-cooperation agreement” with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Now, after the quick release and equally sudden alleged return by Hernandez, Krevey expressed concern indicating, “I don’t know if he’s mentally stable.”

As she saw it, the alien, who was said to have entered the United States through El Paso, Texas in 2022 and then skipped an immigration proceeding in Boston was a “criminal thief” and it wasn’t right that the pier would have to pay for a lawyer to get a restraining order for someone she believed should still be behind bars. “It’s very disconcerting that he was let out.”

Kevin Haggerty


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