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Teen accused of paralyzing woman during robbery has bail reduced

A Houston teen has been accused of slamming a mother of three into the ground during a “jugging” robbery that left the victim paralyzed and he appeared this week in court, where he had his bond slashed in half to $100,000.

Joseph Harrell, 17, was ordered held last week on $200,000 bond following the harrowing, caught-on-camera Feb. 13 attack that left Nhung Truong unable to walk

Prosecutors had asked for the $200,000 bond because he had just been released on a $100 bond on Jan. 26 on an unlawful carrying of a weapon charge.

​​”While on bond for Unlawful Carrying a Handgun, [Harrell] stole money from and assaulted the [victim], causing the [victim] broken ribs, a fractured spine, and paralysis from below the arms, which is serious bodily injury,”

prosecutors wrote.

“It was confirmed that bond conditions are in place that would place Mr. Harrell on 24-hour house arrest and require him to wear a GPS monitor should family members be able to post sufficient bonds at some point in the future,” his attorney, Catherine Evans

Harrell was the only person caught on video, but police also charged Zy’Nika Woods with robbery.

Woods was accused of being the getaway driver. ABC 13 also reported that Woods also drove the car that followed the victim, Nhung Truong, to the bank.

Truong suffered a fractured spine, broken ribs and is paralyzed from the waist down.

While some Houston natives believe the crime is increasing, Houston officials claim otherwise.

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Written by Jamil Johnson