A thuggish robber in Houston recently horrified the news-reading segment of America by paralyzing an innocent woman during a robbery, bodyslamming her to the ground to steal the $4,300 in cash that she had withdrawn from the bank.
That robbery was a “jugging” robbery, which is, as the Austin government describes it, “A “jugging” case is a form of theft that includes robbery. It occurs when a suspect follows a victim from a bank to their next location. These incidents include but are not limited to large banks, check cashing stores, drivethrough bank services, ATMs, and smaller banking branches. Victims are approached, threatened with violence, or assaulted while the suspect demands the money or aggressively takes the cash bag. The crime happens frequently when cash bags are visible as the victim leaves the bank or ATM.”
Despite the horror of civilized people and all those who desire law and order at the brutal robbery, the thug’s bond was cut in half on Wednesday, going from $200,000 to $100,000, according to Harris County court records.
After the thug, Joseph Harrell, just 17 years old, was arrested for aggravated robbery, the prosecutors asked for a $200,00 bond. When requesting the bond be that amount, they cited the fact that he had just been released on a mere $100 bond for an unlawful carrying of a weapon charge.
Writing that argument, they said, “While on bond for Unlawful Carrying a Handgun, [Harrell] stole money from and assaulted the [victim], causing the [victim] broken ribs, a fractured spine, and paralysis from below the arms, which is serious bodily injury.”
Watch the assault here:
That $200,000 bond was originally granted, but then Judge Kristin Guiney lowered the bond to a mere $100,000. That came after Harrell’s attorney, Catherine Evans, made an oral motion to reduce the bond. Describing her motion to Fox News Digital, Evans said:
“I requested a bond considerably lower than what Judge Guiney actually set and informed her that the client’s family was currently unable to make his bond. Additionally, it was confirmed that bond conditions are in place that would place Mr. Harrell on 24 hour house arrest and require him to wear a GPS monitor should family members be able to post sufficient bonds at some point in the future.”
Fox News Digital, reported on Harrell’s already lengthy rap sheet, said:
Aside from the aggravated robbery on Feb. 13 and unlawful carrying of a weapon charge on Jan. 26, Harrell is also facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from another incident on Feb. 25.
In that incident, Harrell and at least one other accomplice allegedly robbed a woman of her purse while the victim was leaving a business in southeast Houston, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Later that day, the woman and her husband tracked the suspects to an address using her AirPods that were left in her purse. When they arrived at the address, the woman recognized Harrell standing outside and called 911. While waiting for police to arrive, Harrell allegedly drove by them and asked if they needed something. They replied that they didn’t, at which point Harrell “turned around and as he passed them again, Defendant Harrell pointed a black handgun at her.”
Charges were filed in that case on March 16. Harrell is now being held on a combined $130,000 bond for the aggravated robbery on Feb. 13 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Feb. 25.
The victim in the horrific robbery, a mother of three named Nhung Truong, was discharged from the hospital on March 17. A GoFundMe has raised more than $300,000 for her recovery from Harrell’s brutal assault, a recovery which could take over two long years.
I reach out to every supporter today to provide an update on my mom’s medical condition. As you may know, we have an initial goal of $50,000 to cover the costs of her treatment and recovery. Unfortunately, we have received devastating news that her recovery time has been extended to over two years or even more, the doctor informed us that her time of recovering is unpredictable.
This means that my mom is unable to work, our family must provide around-the-clock care for her. I am saddened to inform you that she was supposed to be discharged on March 9, 2023, but her condition has not improved enough to be discharged yet, and the discharge date has been extended to March 15, 2023, but it is unsure I was told by my mom’s doctor.
I want to formally let you know that I will be raising our fundraising goal, but I promise to ensure that we only raise the amount we need. We are doing everything we can to find ways to cover the costs, including applying for financial assistance and seeking support from our community.
This news has been incredibly difficult for us, and it feels like our world has been turned upside down once again. We love our mom more than anything, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that she receives the best possible care.
We have also discovered that some additional costs have arisen. We may need to hire home nursing to help her with more difficult tasks, and if she cannot do physical therapy at home, she may need to attend therapy at a rehabilitation center.
Thank you for your unwavering support during this incredibly challenging time. WeAreOne
Featured image credit: Truong image from GoFundMe, Harrell image credit Houston Police Department
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