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Accused child sex attacker skips out

Warrant issued for resident of homeless shelter freed on bail

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:31 pm, Thu Nov 21, 2019.

The homeless man charged in the sexual assault of a 3-year-old boy in Woodhaven last month failed to show up for a court appearance last Friday and is being sought for bail jumping.

Luis Olivo, 63, posted $2,000 bail on Nov. 4 with the help of a nonprofit charity called the Bronx Freedom Fund, according to court records.

He was due back in court last Friday, Nov. 8, but failed to appear, according to a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Karina Alomar issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Olivo, a resident of the controversial homeless shelter on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park that opened early this year, is alleged to have grabbed the boy in a laundromat on Jamaica Avenue.

Surveillance video shows the man pulling the boy onto his body under a table in the laundromat, according to the arrest report.

He was charged only with a misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a child, after his arrest on Oct. 22.

The judge set bail at just $2,000.

Because he was homeless, “they told us they thought no one was going to bail him out,” said the mother of the 3-year-old, whose identity is being withheld by the Chronicle due to the nature of the crime.

“He could be anywhere,” she said.

After he spent two weeks on Rikers Island, the Bronx Freedom Fund agreed to post Olivo’s bail on the advice of his Legal Aid lawyer.

The fund is the same nonprofit that posted bail for Randy Santos, the homeless man charged with bludgeoning to death four other homeless men in Manhattan’s Chinatown in early October.

The director of the fund, Elena Weissmann, told the Chronicle that the group came to Olivo’s aid because he could not receive adequate psychiatric help in jail.

“Individuals like Mr. Olivo who struggle with mental health and homelessness need support, not incarceration,” Weissmann said in an email.

“For someone in his situation to be denied treatment while their case is pending, because they are too poor to afford their bail, not only harms them, but also impacts communities when they are released after further deterioration of their mental health in jail.”

A call to Olivo’s Legal Aid attorney was not returned yesterday.

Meanwhile, the boy’s mother says she is fearful at the news he was released and angry that he’d not been charged with a more serious felony that would have required the judge to set a higher bail.

“I’m going to fight to my last breath for my children,” she said. “I don’t want to think about this guy being free.”

Officials of the Ozone Park Residents Block Association, longtime opponents of the 101st Avenue shelter, promised this week to aid the mother.

“They dropped the ball on this one,” said Sam Esposito, president of the block association.

“We’re bringing the family in to see the DA next week so that they can be more at ease about what is being done,” he said.

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  • Helton posted at 5:19 pm on Fri, Nov 15, 2019.

    Helton Posts: 2

    Is this what progressives mean by "reforming the criminal justice system?" Yeah. It means that criminals are no longer held accountable for their actions.

  • Linnster posted at 10:40 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2019.

    Linnster Posts: 10

    A HOMELESS man charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year old child didn't show up for his court appearance. Who would have thunk it? Now this "charity" is out $2,000 and a predator is out on the streets. Way to go, Justice System, way to go.