Repeat Offender in Court for Bond Hearing

Repeat Offender in Court for Bond Hearing

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Dating back nearly 18 years, the rap sheet for Ricky Ross Harris is a lengthy one.

He's been arrested 9 times, with dozens of charges ranging from burglary, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and rape.

Today he was in court for a bond hearing, related to a burglary he committed while on bond for 6 other crimes.  His latest crime happened on Father's day on Johnson Road South in West Mobile. Police say a teenager was still inside the home during the burglary. Police say that teen hid in a closet, and called for his grandmother for help. His grandmother in turn called police. When authorities arrived, Harris fled.

"While avoiding police he also entered into another house, and tried to convince those people that he needed to hide from us and fortunately the people told him he needed to go outside to hide," said Cpl. Chris Levy.

Because Harris did not have a lawyer, he was appointed one and Judge Jay York postponed the bond hearing until Thursday. And while everyone is entitled to a trial, Mobile Police say this latest crime for this repeat offender should have never happened.

"You know who really should feel frustrated by it and really feel like it's completely out of their hands is the next victim. The guy whose house get broken into from someone out on bond on multiple occasions. We support the District Attorney's stance is that if you are out on bond and commit another crime, then you should not have the opportunity to get out again," said Cpl. Levy.

We contacted the District Attorney's office and the state parole board, but have not had our calls returned. Harris will have his bond hearing on Thursday, with a preliminary hearing on July 9th.

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