A New York judge has set bail for a man who allegedly committed several acts of vandalism across the Bronx.
Jordan Burnette, 29, faces 42 charges as he terrorized Riverdale's Jewish community.
The the actions of the Bronx judge has raised eyebrows because Burnette had been due to be released under the state's new bail reform laws. Instead he must now post $30,000 bail.
29-year-old Jordan Burnette was arrested in connection with a rash of hate crimes in the BronxInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Police arrested him Saturday morning as he was riding a bike stolen from a synagogue
Burnette is alleged to have vandalized four synagogues in Riverdale, threw rocks through synagogue windows last weekend and also broke windows of parked cars
Among the more than 40 charges are a number of hate crime-related offenses after Burnette allegedly smashed windows at various synagogues in the area.
Over the course of 11 days, Burnette allegedly destroyed the doors and windows of local synagogues and poured hand sanitizer over some prayer books. The windows of cars parked nearby were also smashed.
The carnage began when the suspect allegedly hurled large rocks at two Bronx synagogues, Chabad of Riverdale and Riverdale Jewish Center.
The following night it's alleged the same suspect returned to cause more damage at the same two Jewish houses of worship.
Jordan Burnette took part in a virtual arraignment having been charged Saturday with burglary as a hate crimeInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The doors and windows at several Riverdale synagogues were smashed in recent weeks and a vandal was caught on camera hurling stones at the Riverdale Jewish Center, pictured above
The NYPD released images, above left and right, of the person suspected of hurling large rocks at four synagogues in The Bronx last week
He is also said to have attacked the Conservative Synagogue and Young Israel of Riverdale, which are based in the Bronx too.
Significant damage was caused to all four synagogues as a result, an NYPD spokesman said at the time.
The attacks come a year after worrying statistics revealed anti-Semitic hate attacks in New York and New Jersey had hit a 40 year high.
Surveillance cameras captured the perpetrator - seen in a camo coat and face mask.
The man was ultimately pulled over by cops as he biked against traffic. The bike he was found to have been rising was stolen from outside one of the synagogues, it is alleged.
Clear surveillance footage then captured Burnette walking away from the area
Police say surveillance, stakeouts and patrol all helped lead to the arrest
Judge Nock set Burnette's bail at $30,000 for a partially secured bond or $20,000 cash. His attorney argued that he should be released without any bail whatsoever
Prosecutors at the Bronx Criminal Court arraignment pointed out that such crimes were not on the list that would be eligible for bail - essentially asserting that the 'shattering of glass' was a violent felony.
'Given the number of attacks, we probably would have asked for substantial bail before January of 2020,' Assistant District Attorney Theresa Gottlieb told Judge Louis Nock during the virtual hearing.
'The legislature did not include hate crimes in its revision of bail reform and under the law as it exists today, this is not eligible,' she added. 'We will not violate the law.'
Judge Nock set Burnette's bail at $30,000 for a partially secured bond or