PATCHOGUE - The arrest of a parolee in a brutal attack on a woman in Patchogue raises questions about the parole system on Long Island.
Gary Grigg, 25, is accused of beating, robbing and sodomizing a woman off Main Street two weeks ago. He has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree robbery.
There are 2,658 parolees on Long Island and only 52 officers to oversee them, according to a state website. Grigg's arrest has neighbors wondering why he was on the streets in the first place.
According to Newsday, Grigg pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery back in 2006. In 2009, he was sentenced for burglarizing a Bellport home. He was paroled after serving two years of a three-and-a-half year sentence.
Grigg was arrested again Wednesday on a parole violation for allegedly driving without a license.
Grigg remains behind bars on $75,000 cash bail. Prosecutors say he will stay jailed even if he comes up with the bail since he violated parole curfew.