Posted on February 16, 2024

‘Sanctuary’ Church Puts up $15K Bail to Free Migrant Accused in Times Square Police Beatdown

Joe Marino and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, New York Post, February 14, 2024

The sole migrant who had been held behind bars for the gang attack on two NYPD cops in Times Square is now also free after an activist Brooklyn priest posted his $15,000 bail, The Post has learned.

Yohenry Brito, 24, who was being held at Rikers Island on the Jan. 27 cop attack and is due to be arraigned on an assault indictment this week, walked out of jail Tuesday after Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge put up the money, the church’s pastor said.

“Our church is basically a sanctuary,” the Rev. Juan Ruiz told The Post on Wednesday. {snip}

Ruiz also cited “the politically charged context” surrounding the case against Brito and the other migrants accused of ganging up on the cops, adding that “there is a lot more than what is being publicized.

“Sanctuary gives you that kind of breathing space.”


Brito, a Venezuelan migrant, is one of seven migrants charged in the shocking caught-on-video attack on an NYPD lieutenant and a police officer in Times Square.

Five of them — Yorman Reveron, 24; Jhoan Borada, 22; Wilson Juarez, 21; Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19; and Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19 — were charged with assault on a police officer and obstructing governmental investigation and were released without bail.

A seventh suspect in the gang attack, 18-year-old Yarwuin Madris, was arrested this week and also charged — and became only the second member of the migrant mob jailed.


Meanwhile, Gomez-Ezquiel, was arrested again this week while out without bail in the Times Square cop attack case — Queens cops said he was busted shoplifting at a Macy’s department store.

Surveillance video showed Gomez-Izquiel with a gang of other asylum seekers kicking the pair of New York’s Finest in the head and body before running away after allegedly stealing $608 in clothing.