Police: Video shows man, later released under bail reform, beating girlfriend

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Police have released new surveillance video they say shows a man beating his girlfriend in a violent attack in Harriman.

They say that after Jay Vasquez-Paulino was captured, they had to let him go.

Vasquez-Paulino is allegedly seen repeatedly punching and kicking his girlfriend in a violent range.

The attack occurred at the couple's job, Superior Package Company - in front of dozens of people.

Police say Vasquez-Paulino is seen punching his girlfriend four times in a hallway before taking a 12-inch kitchen knife from his backpack and slipping it up his shirt.

They say the Bronx man is then seen throwing a phone and kicking his girlfriend, punching her again another two times.

Orange County District Attorney Dave Hoovler says Vasquez-Paulino was arrested and charged with four misdemeanors, but under the state's new bail reform they were unable to protect the victim.

Hoovler says the case spotlights a dangerous flaw in current law.
Hoovler says despite the violent nature of the attack, more serious charges couldn't be filed because the victim only sustained minor injuries and the knife was not used.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline of this story was changed to make clearer that the Vasquez-Paulino was released under bail reform changes after he was accused of the assault.

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