While 11-year-old Xochil Garcia is still being praised for her quick thinking and bravery after escaping and helping nab a man who tried to abduct her, some adults are upset at the law. Her parents, as well as City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., are angry that the suspected kidnapper, Bernard Mutterperl, was set free on $25,000 bail.
According to court documents, 19-year-old Borough Park resident Mutterperl told the police "when he sees young girls, he has to go after them." Garcia's step-father Heriberto Rodriguez told the Daily News, "Obviously, this is something that we're concerned about, safety-wise. It's making me more nervous than her, to be honest. I don't know if he's going to be around. I don't know if he has any other intentions." Her parents also wonder why they weren't alerted that Mutterperl was free. Vallone, who chairs the City Council's Public Safety Committee, told the Post, "This is a very serious charge...The bail should have been very, very high," and said that Mutterperl's release is "potentially dangerous" and "a grave mistake by the judiciary."
Garcia says that she's not nervous about Mutterperl's release and emphasized that her Midwood apartment building was a "good place." And her fellow neighbors said they will work together to make sure the children are safe.