Posted on February 7, 2024

Migrants Accused of Beating Two NYPD Cops in Times Square and Freed Without Bail Are Arrested in Phoenix

Germania Rodriguez Poleo, Daily Mail, February 6, 2024

Several of the migrants believed to have fled New York City after being charged with assaulting two NYPD officers have been arrested in Phoenix, per multiple reports.

The migrants, who have not yet been named, were taken into custody Monday night at an Arizona Greyhound bus station, Immigration and Customs Enforcement sources told Fox News.

They are part of a group of six migrants who were arrested and charged with Robbery and Felony Assault following a vicious attack on NYPD officers in Times Square on January 27.

Police sources previously said that four of the migrants charged in the Times Square attack – Darwin Andres Gomez, 19; Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19; Wilson Juarez, 21, and Yorman Reveron, 24 – may have fled the city after using fake names to obtain tickets from a charity that helps migrants.

Venezuelan national Yohenry Brito, 24, was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday and is the only one of the suspects being held on bail at Rikers Island.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said the $15,000 cash bail or a $50,000 bond was warranted because Brito had been positively identified in video of the attack through a ‘distinct tattoo.’

Brito was already known to police over a series of past offenses, including charges of petty larceny for stealing $275 worth of goods from Bergdorf Goodman in October and $139 of clothing from Macy’s.

The sixth suspect charged, Jhoan Boada, 22, is thought to have remained in New York City.

Boada was photographed sticking his middle finger up at the press waiting outside court after his release.

Jandry Barros, 21, a seventh suspect who was arrested, was let go without charges for lack of evidence. He also has a previous record with authorities.

George Soros-backed Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, was strongly criticized after the five were released. On Saturday, Bragg claimed his office will present evidence on Tuesday to a grand jury.

Bragg said there were 12 suspects in total.

‘Our office continues to work with law enforcement to bring everyone responsible for these heinous attacks to justice,’ said Bragg.

‘It is clear from video and other evidence that some of the most culpable individuals have not yet been identified or arrested, and we are working hand in hand with the NYPD to find and hold them accountable for their despicable acts.

‘We will not rest until every person who assaulted a police officer in this awful attack is held accountable.’

Police have not released the identities of five other suspects in the attack against the NYPD officers.

On Friday, Bragg defended the decision to release them.

He said: ‘While the video is shocking and disturbing, in order to secure convictions in the court of law, it is essential that we conclusively identify each defendant.

‘In Manhattan, we don’t tolerate or accept assaults on police officers. I watched the tape this week. Despicable behavior. It sickened me and outraged me.’

The brutal attack occurred around 8:30 pm when officers attempted to disperse a disorderly group in front of 220 West 42 Street.

A fight broke out between a suspect in a yellow sweatshirt and the police officers.

According to the NYPD, the migrants then started to attack the officers, kicking them in the head and body while the two officers tried to pin down one of the other men, tearing off his sweatshirt.

The migrants then ran away, making their getaway east on 42nd Street toward 7th Avenue.

At around 10:44pm that night, four of them -Gomez, Arocha, Wilson and Reveron, were arrested.

They were all charged with Assault on a Police Officer, Gang Assault, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Disorderly Conduct but were released without monetary bail.

Gomez, Arocha, Juarez and Reveron are believed to have given fake names to a church-affiliated nonprofit group that helps migrants get rides out of the city, law enforcement sources told the Post.

Since taking office in 2022, Bragg has come under fire for not seeking prison time for certain charges, and downgrading felony charges in a slew of cases, including armed robbery and some drug offenses.

The migrant crisis previously affected southern states near the border like Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. But the issue has increasingly impacted cities including New York, Boston and Chicago as buses filled with thousands of migrants are sent to Democratic-led area across the U.S.

The humanitarian crisis has put Democrats including President Joe Biden under increased pressure as the numbers crossing the border reaches unprecedented levels.

A record 300,000 migrants crossed the U.S. southern border in December, according to a new report, topping the highest amount ever recorded.

New York City has struggled under the weight of tens of thousands of migrants arriving at its borders in need of places to stay and other accommodations. In 2023 alone, the city dealt with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants.

Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly asked for federal aid to help house and feed the migrants in the city but has been denied.

New York is a Right to Shelter state and is required to house the asylum seekers but shelters have filled up at an astronomical rate.

In Manhattan, a number of landmark hotels have been turned into makeshift shelters and temporary housing.

Back in September, Governor Kathy Hochul said: ‘We have to get the word out, that when you come to New York, you’re not going to have more hotel rooms, we don’t have capacity.

‘So we have to also message properly that we’re at a limit – if you’re going to leave your country, go somewhere else.’