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An Oregon woman was assaulted in her home on Saturday, by a repeat criminal who was already arrested and released multiple times beforehand.
When Garret W. Caspino III, 29, was taken into custody by Corvallis police, it was the third time that day he’d been arrested. He may finally be behind bars for at least a little while, however, after allegedly breaking into a couple’s home, walking in on a woman showering, took off his pants, and began to strangle her, Oregon Live reported.
Earlier in the day, he had been cited for alleged criminal trespassing – both times within 90 minutes of the home invasion. However, due to Oregon’s Covid-19 policy, he was promptly released each time.
Witnesses say he was “totally out there,” according to Lt. Ryan Eaton of the Corvallis Police Department. Eaton did not clarify if this was believed to be due to substance abuse, such as alcohol, or from some severe mental illness.
The final arrest came as part of the latest and most pointed incidence of a crime spike, as Eaton admitted:
“We have seen an increase where we are citing more individuals for crimes than we were in the past. We take all levels of crime very seriously, and we’re committed to investigating them — creating the highest level of community safety that we can.”
There appears to be something suggestive of a nationwide trend towards higher crime, but particularly in states with the most lenient “catch and release” policies, either due to Covid-19 or “justice reform.”
Due to the violent nature of this final offense, Caspino, who has been arrested a dozen times since 2018, is being held in Benton County Jail on $750,000 bail. Others, however, with less violent crimes, are seeing something like a “revolving door,” however.
One striking example is a woman arrested a whopping 59 times for purse snatching and other thefts in New York City. Each time she was simply re-released, and has yet to serve a single day in jail.
Another large city, Los Angeles, is seeing crime rise, with some blaming the District Attorney, George Gascón, for implementing a youth “diversion” program that is being called a “slap on the wrist” for younger offenders, even those charged with serious and potentially violent crimes.
San Francisco has repeatedly made the news as well, as California’s new laws on shoplifting only require a police response if the amount is above $950, leading to spectacles such as mass raids on department stores by thieves, each individually only grabbing a few items. In another incident, a news crew was attacked in broad daylight by a man while they were interviewing someone, and were lucky enough to have the attacker arrested by the San Francisco police.
As for Oregon, there is no word of the policy that rapidly releases certain offenders back into society being repealed, and so stories like Caspino’s are likely to continue into the future.
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