RFK Bridge assault suspect was released without bail just 3 weeks ago

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A Queens man accused of trying to flee police in a stolen car on the RFK Bridge was busted weeks earlier in another car he’d allegedly swiped — but was released without bail in that case, The Post has learned.

Josue Viorato, 21, was allegedly nabbed behind the wheel of a stolen blue 2020 BMW on Nov. 8, only to be cut loose the next day because the charges didn’t qualify for bail under the state’s criminal justice reform statute.

In that case, the owner said he left his car running in his Brooklyn driveway shortly before 4:30 p.m. when it was stolen, according to a criminal complaint.

The owner activated a tracking device in the vehicle and found Viorato and two others “searching the passenger compartment and trunk” of the vehicle, the complaint said.

Viorato allegedly jumped behind the wheel and sped off when the Beemer’s irate owner approached the trio, the papers said.

He was arraigned Nov. 9 on charges of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and other charges, court records show.

The car Viorato was driving on the RFK bridge. He was arrested earlier in November for stealing a BMW.
The car Viorato was driving on the RFK bridge. He was arrested earlier in November for stealing a BMW.
Tomas E. Gaston

A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s Office said Monday prosecutors could not seek bail because the charges fall under the bail reform law.

Viorato is due back in court on that case on Jan. 19, the records show.

Viorato getting arrested on the RFK Bridge.
Viorato getting arrested on the RFK Bridge.
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On Sunday, Viorato was busted again after police said he drove a 2021 Acura — which had been reported stolen the day before — onto the RFK Bridge.

Police converged on the vehicle on the busy span around 12:50 p.m., when Viorato allegedly tried to get away by backing up and ramming into another car, which clipped a state trooper, cops said.

That prompted the lawman to fire several rounds at the fleeing vehicle.

The confrontation led to police shooting at Viorato, but nobody was hit.
The confrontation led to police shooting at Viorato on the bridge, but nobody was hit.
Tomas E. Gaston

Authorities said the trooper was treated for a minor leg injury in the incident and no one was struck by the bullets from his service weapon.

Viorato and a 17-year-old passenger, whose name was not released because of his age, were later arrested and are awaiting arraignment Monday.

He is charged with vehicular assault and reckless endangerment in the Sunday afternoon incident.

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