UPDATE: Air Force Mom Held At Riker’s Island RELEASED
Last month we brought you the story of Deanna Jo Robinson, the Air Force veteran who brought her kids to see their father in New York, and was arrested for having a small pistol in her car. She has now been released on bail from Riker’s Island, but the charges are still pending.
On Veteran’s Day weekend, Robinson had traveled from Texas to New York, so her children could see their father. She brought her Smith & Wesson 9mm Shield handgun. As soon as they arrived at her ex-husband’s house, he apparently called the police, suspecting that she had a firearm in her car, even though she never mentioned it, never threatened anyone, never even had it in her hands. Coincidentally, New York has a $1000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest involving a firearm. PURE COINCIDENCE, of course. I mean, who would turn in their ex to the police out of vengeance in order to score some quick cash and use it as leverage for custody and divorce court? (sarcasm)
Approximately 20 NYPD officers responded to the call, rushing her car, dragging her out by her hair, slamming her down on the pavement, face first, while screaming all sorts of conflicting orders at her. She’s lucky she didn’t get Daniel Shaver’ed. They searched her car with no warrant, confiscating her gun and several personal items, such as her phone, computer, a small video camera, boots, and early Christmas presents. Her car was immediately impounded. This took place at approximately 12:00 noon, Saturday, November 11th. She was kept at a precinct until around 8:00 PM, with no water, no food, and no phone call, despite her pleading for such.
She was then taken to central booking, where she was held until about 2:00 AM on Monday, November 13th. At that point, she was loaded onto a bus and taken to the women’s center at Riker’s Island, before any court, any charges formally filed, before she could speak with an attorney, before any bond was set, before she was even in front of a judge. She was kept at Riker’s Island until November 24th, when $15,000 of bail had been raised, thanks primarily to the fundraising page on Funded Justice.
Robinson is now out on bail, but is still facing charges. The specific charge is apparently one count of “criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree”, New York Penal Law S 265.03, which reads:
A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree when:
(1) with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, such person:
(a) possesses a machine-gun; or
(b) possesses a loaded firearm; or
(c) possesses a disguised gun; or
(2) such person possesses five or more firearms; or
(3) such person possesses any loaded firearm. Such possession shall not, except as provided in subdivision one or seven of section 265.02 of this article, constitute a violation of this subdivision if such possession takes place in such person’s home or place of business.
Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree is a class C felony.
The “class C felony” would be considered a “violent crime”.
The Bronx assistant District Attorney handling the case appears to be one Scott Gary McDonald. Scott McDonald is refusing to comment on the case, as he cannot tell this author how these charges are consistent with “shall not be infringed”, how this is not an infringement, and how many cases involving rape, murder, and armed robbery the Robinson case is taking time and resources away from. Scott McDonald’s public office phone number is 718 838 7078. His boss, elected Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark, can be reached at her (?) office number, 718 590 2000.
Robinson has opted to stay in the New York, in large part because her children have now been ripped from her, kidnapped by the NYC “Administrative Child Services” (ACS), claiming to have emergency jurisdiction. She is not allowed to see her kids, and neither are the kids’ grandparents. Though they don’t list their number on their official website, this “child services” outfit can be reached at 718-933-1212. Robinson had previously been awarded custody by a court in Texas.
“Child Services” is supposed to give Robinson three weekly visits with her children, with a minimum of two hours per visit. So far that hasn’t happened. Instead, her children are kept with total strangers, in a large urban city which they had never been to and don’t know anything about. As toddlers, they don’t understand why they can’t just go home with momma. Robinson is now fighting in family court, in addition to the criminal courts.
Robinson’s next court date is December 21st.