Posted on April 10, 2024

Migrant Repeat Offenders Viciously Attack Cops During Bust for Ransacking NYC Target

Joe Marino et al., New York Post, April 9, 2024

A crew of Venezuelan migrants with rap sheets allegedly pounced on New York’s Finest after getting caught red-handed stealing from an Upper East Side Target — and most of them are now back on the streets.

Four of the five repeat offenders busted in the brazen April 2 crime — which sent one cop to the hospital — were released without bail by a Manhattan judge, according to court records and law-enforcement sources.


The thieves left a trail of destruction as they grabbed a backpack from a shelf, cut off its security tag and then moved “from aisle to aisle” stuffing it with goods — including a gaming light, tools and assorted grub such as Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Doritos, strawberries and bottled waters, according to sources and a criminal complaint.

When responding cops from the NYPD’s 19th Precinct stopped the shoplifters in their tracks, two of the suspects — Yusneiby Machado, 23, and Brayan Freites, 21 — wrestled, shoved, slapped and pushed them in an attempt to resist, according to sources.


Another suspect — who has not been caught — tried to throw rocks at the officers, but they were not struck, sources said.

Both Machado and Freites were charged with robbery, assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of stolen property, disorderly conduct and harassment, cops said.


Their alleged partners in crime, Sebastian Jaramillio, 22, Michael Sanchez, 31, and Henry Zambrano, 19, were also arrested and charged by cops with robbery and disorderly conduct, police said.


Both of the accused attackers have rap sheets, with sources saying Machado — pictured in a mugshot with a broken heart tattoo on her neck — was busted Jan. 18 for trespassing at a migrant shelter she’d been discharged from.

She was also charged with assault Sunday for a March 28 incident in which she allegedly scratched a 34-year-old woman during an argument on East 124th Street, sources said.

Freites was charged with several incidents after being arrested at the Target, including a trespassing incident from January for refusing to leave a migrant shelter after being kicked out, according to the sources.

He was also charged in another shoplifting case from Dec. 21, 2023, in which he allegedly made off with $286 worth of merchandise from a Richmond Hill department store, sources said.

Jaramillo was charged with assault in October for allegedly slugging a 42-year-old man in the face at Grand Central Terminal, sources and records show. He was busted again for petit theft the following month and then grand larceny March 8.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has petit larceny arrests on Dec. 17 and Dec. 28, 2023, a robbery charge from January, another petit larceny charge on March 18, and a robbery and domestic arrest on March 21.