38-year-old Randy Roszell Lewis, a Texas career criminal, was recently released from jail. He is also accused of stabbing an 80-year-old woman in broad daylight.
Lewis was shot and killed after witnesses flagged down a responding officer. According to police, during the encounter, the man was armed with a 6-inch blade.
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The Houston Police Officers’ Union also blamed the “total failure” of criminal justice reform for his release without paying bail, as reported by Fox News.
80-year-old Rosalie Cook was reportedly stabbed in the chest as she went back to her car after shopping in a Walgreens in Houston.
“Nobody should have to go through this, an 80-year-old woman, disabled, had to walk with a cane,” said her son, Chuck Cook.
Fox News also reported that police said officers were already in the area “after receiving calls around 10:15 a.m. about a man matching Lewis’ description demanding money from shoppers at knifepoint by a nearby grocery store.”
“The monster who stabbed, murdered, robbed an innocent 80 yr old grandmother over the weekend, has been arrested 67 times! And was out on 2 felony PR bonds!” union president Joe Gamaldi then said in a tweet. The colossal failure of bail and CJ reform in Houston is on full display here. Innocent people are dying. This has to STOP!!” he also said.
Sharing Lewis’s public record, Houston Police Officers’ Union also tweeted: “Randy Lewis should never have been free. Now an innocent woman has been murdered. Everyone deserves better. This is absolutely shameful,” he then said.