“Well, because I was a bondsman, and now I’m an elected official, this gives me a unique perspective of what’s going on. I get to see it and I understand it. What’s going on is the judges aren’t taking into consideration the violent criminal history of these offenders, and they are releasing them back into the community on an extremely low bond or a taxpayer-funded free bond without any supervision,” Houston City Council member Michael Kubosh told “Fox & Friends.”
A Texas teen who was arrested and charged in the murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend was released from jail last week after posting his $ 250,000 bond, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
Frank Deleon, 17, was arrested Monday in the murder of Diamond Alvarez who was shot 22 times last week after she learned of her boyfriend’s affair, Houston police said. Prosecutors said that Deleon appeared to be planning to leave for an extended time and had a suitcase packed at the time of his arrest.
Criminal suspects released on multiple felony bonds in Texas‘ most populous county have killed 156 people since 2018, according to victim advocates, who have criticized bail reform efforts that have seen some people charged with violent crimes and released back onto the streets only to re-offend.
Kubosh said that since he took an oath to office, he has a duty to protect and defend the citizens of his city and county.
“This all happened while I have been on council the last eight years. And I’m not going to sit silent. It’s easy to just sit and do nothing,” Kubosh said.
“But I have got courage, I’m going to stand up to these people. And I’m going to call them out. Why? Because our people are dying on the streets. And they are letting these criminals back out.”
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.