Suspect in violent robbery of Vietnamese woman in Houston lashes out at victim's GoFundMe during jailhouse phone call

"The ***** already ran up $230,000 off GoFundMe. ***** better run on with her life. Like, ***** you done run up $230,000."

Joshua Young North Carolina

Joseph Harrell, one of the two Houston teens charged with aggravated robbery with serious bodily injury after police said he was caught on camera body slamming 44-year-old mother Nhung Truon in an attack that left her paralyzed, has made jailhouse phone calls where he has complained about the victim's GoFundMe page.

Local ABC News reports a source close to the investigation confirmed Harrell was on the call where he said, "The lady probably wants justice and some more ****. They'll try to max me out 20 years basically. That *****. I ain't going for it. The ***** already ran up $230,000 off GoFundMe. ***** better run on with her life. Like, ***** you done run up $230,000. Look. They say she ran up $230,000 and she'll be back walking in no less than a year."

In the call he appears to laugh when speaking about the victim.

In the same call he said, "We were snatching purses. I hopped out, snatched the purse, the lady ran with the money, I grabbed her, slammed her and she was paralyzed."

On March 17, Harrell and 19-year-old Zy'Nika Ayesha Woods were arrested and charged for the incident that took place in Houston's Chinatown on February 13.  The attack came after Truong, a Vietnamese immigrant, had withdrawn money from an ATM. The suspects allegedly followed Truong roughly 24 miles as she ran a variety of errands after her withdrawal.

Surveillance video shows the suspect bumping into the victim and leaving after grabbing items from her purse. The video shows him returning to grab Truong's money, which was approximately $4,300. The suspect then body slammed the mother of three. She was treated for fractured ribs and a fractured spine, an injury that left her paralyzed.

19-year-old Zy'Nika Ayesha Woods was also charged with robbery for her alleged role in the attack.

Harrell was out on a $100 bond over a separate weapons charge over an incident in February where he allegedly threatened a different woman with a firearm and stole her purse.

On Thursday, Harris County District Criminal Court Judge Kristin Guine reduced Harrell's current cumulative bond from $240,000 to $130,000.

President of Houston Police Officers Union, Douglas Griffith, said, "My concern is for the public. If this kid gets out of jail, he is going to victimize more individuals. He does not care about anyone but himself, and for the judge to lower his bond baffles my mind. I can't wrap my head around it. This kid is a danger to others and the community and needs to be locked up."

Truong told local news last week, "I'm feeling really scared that they are coming after us because of what happened. I need everyone's help to get them the punishment they deserve."


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