NBC Washington reports that a convicted felon who was released from prison earlier this year stabbed a woman to death in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Per the outlet:
A Virginia woman was killed Friday after a man entered a Washington, D.C., hotel room and stabbed her more than 20 times, police and court documents say.
The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Christy Bautista of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Bautista, at the time of her stabbing, was visiting D.C. in order to attend a concert.
Less than one hour after checking into the Ivy City Hotel on New York Avenue NE, she was stabbed.
The man accused of committing the stabbing is 43-year-old George Sydnor.
Police arrived at the scene of the crime to find Sydnor inside Bautista's hotel room covered in blood. Police, at the scene, also found a large kitchen knife with a piece missing. The broken piece ended up being found in Syndor's pocket.
Sydnor was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He has already made his first court appearance, and he has pled not guilty.
Currently, Sydnor is being held in jail without bond. It turns out that Sydnor has a criminal history.
The New York Post reports:
While the suspect was held without bail following the Monday court appearance, he was previously released in January before he was sentenced following the attempted robbery plea, the Washington Post reported. Additionally, he was awaiting trial on another larceny charge in Prince George’s County in Maryland and made one court date after his release from jail. But over the last few months, he skipped out on court dates in both places and authorities had sought warrants for his arrest . . .
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) recently sent a letter to Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. City Council in which he alleged that they are responsible for a "crime explosion" in D.C.
"Washington, D.C., is dealing with a crime explosion. Actions speak louder than words — and the only actionable items taken by Washington D.C. leadership have been ways to lessen criminal penalties, further fostering an environment for criminal activity," Miyares writes.
He adds, "there is no deterrent for illegal behavior in Washington, D.C., as these repeat offenders know they will either not be charged or let back on the streets in no time."
The stabbing of Bautista would appear to be a case in point.
Miyares, on Friday, said:
She did what a lot of Virginians do. They go into the District to enjoy the best of the arts and the theater. She was there to just see a concert. She was there not even an hour and she was murdered by a total stranger. And to find out that this individual had already been arrested for armed robbery and he got out on bond in which another murder took place. It was just heartbreaking to see what had happened.