The ex-con who was called “lucky” by a judge when a robbery charge against him got dropped due to the new Manhattan district attorney’s controversial, progressive policies had a warrant put out for his arrest Friday after he ditched a court date in an unrelated Brooklyn case.
William Rolon, 43, had the good fortune of being freed without bail on assault charges last year in a broomstick attack that left the victim’s teeth knocked out — even though prosecutors asked that he be held on $5,000.
Friday’s warrant was issued against Rolon — a beneficiary of the state’s much-maligned bail reform laws — by Judge Archana Rao, who previously cut him slack when he also failed to appear Tuesday.
A front-page Post story this week revealed how Rolon was busted Saturday for allegedly using a knife to threaten the manager of a Lower East Side drug store when she confronted him over the alleged theft of more than $2,000 worth of cold medicine and other items.
Cops charged Rolon with first-degree robbery but when he got to court that count was reduced to petit larceny under terms of the “Day One” memo that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg issued on Jan. 3, his first full day in office.
During Rolon’s arraignment, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Jay Weiner told him, “Based on your record, you would have faced a long period of time in jail if convicted.”
“I don’t know if anyone would ever feel lucky standing in front of me in a courtroom, but you might reasonably feel lucky today,” Weiner added.
Rolon has served two prison terms for robbery and attempted robbery, and also has 16 misdemeanor convictions.
Weiner, who granted Rolon supervised release under terms of the state’s bail reform laws, also warned him that “if you don’t go to [court in] Brooklyn…they will issue a warrant for your arrest.”
Meanwhile, it emerged Friday that an arrest warrant was also quietly issued against Rolon in his Manhattan case the day before.
judge issued that warrant because Rolon failed to comply with unspecified terms of his supervised release, a spokesman for the state court system said.
The Brooklyn Defender Service, which is representing Rolon in the assault case, declined to comment.
The Legal Aid Society, which is representing him in Manhattan, has repeatedly called Rolon “a prime example of a person in need of treatment and resources, not incarceration.”
“Per the City’s own data, the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers on supervised release return for hearings and comply with the Court’s mandates through the entirety of a case,” Legal Aid spokesperson Redmond Haskins said in an email Friday.
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