Bronx, NY - Two teenagers who cut off a cab driver's thumb with a machete have been released on low bonds, and one of their victims is angry.
“The biggest crime in this case was committed by the judge who released one of these guys on $200 bail after they slashed three or four people and could have killed someone," said Fernando Mateo, head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
The suspects, Kenneth Guzman, 17, and Juan Carlos Sanchez, 17, are now free pending trial while Richard Deleon, the cab driver, is unable to work.
The incident occurred on Sunday, Nov. 19, inside a bodega on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, according to WNBC.
Guzman and Sanchez slashed a bodega worker, who called 911.
In an effort to flee, the two suspects jumped into a livery cab which had three young girls inside.
Police said a 19-year-old woman who was riding in the back seat at the time was slashed on the back as the thieves forced her and others out of the vehicle, according the New York Post.
When the Deleon got out of the car to intervene and help the girls, one of the attackers took several swipes and sliced off his entire thumb, police said.
“It happened very fast,” Deleon said through a translator at a press conference. “I tried to stop the attackers.”
Both Guzman and Sanchez were arrested and charged with felony assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment.
But now, both suspects are out of jail under $200 bail.
Deleon, who is a father of four, has not been able to drive and support his family since the attack, according to WPIX .
Mateo, who translated for Deleon, said “He’s very depressed. He’s from one doctor to another, the finger doesn’t stop bleeding. It’s traumatizing. He’s missing a limb."
Deleon's family said that the judge was too easy on Guzman and Sanchez.
"That’s one of the most frustrating things. We just want justice. Those kids are still out there and they may be able to hurt somebody else,” said Fary Deleon, the victim's sister.
One of the teens made Facebook posts bragging about how quickly he was released from jail.
Guzman posted about how he was home in time for dinner.
“He’s laughing at the justice system. He’s laughing at the victim. It something we don’t understand,” Mateo said.