Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg indicts seven migrants over attack on NYPD cops in Times Square

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has indicted seven migrants accused of attacking two New York Police Department officers in Times Square.

Bragg announced the charges Wednesday afternoon, pointing out the actions of each attacker to explain why he is filing charges against them.

Up to 14 men are believed to have been involved in the attack, although NYPD officials have repeatedly revised the number of suspects.

Only one of the seven charged suspects is currently in custody – Yohenry Brito (24), who the police believe was at the center of the assault.

Four of the migrants charged Thursday reportedly fled NYC after being arrested and released without bail – Darwin Gomez, Kelvin Servita, Wilson Juarez and Yorman Reveron.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is pictured announcing that he will indict seven migrants over an attack on NYPD officers in Times Square that was caught on camera

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is pictured announcing that he will indict seven migrants over an attack on NYPD officers in Times Square that was caught on camera

Darwin Andres Gomez

Kelvin Servita Arocha

Darwin Andres Gomez (left) and Kelvin Servita Arocha were released without bail and are believed to have tried to flee. They were charged on Thursday

Wilson Juarez, one of five migrants accused of assaulting two policemen in Times Square

Yorman Reveron

Wilson Juarez (left) and Yorman Reveron were also on the run: they are accused of running down two policemen in Times Square. They were charged on Thursday

A sixth suspect, Yohenry Brito (24), was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday and is the only one of the suspects being held on bail.  He lives in Rikers Island

A sixth suspect, Yohenry Brito (24), was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday and is the only one of the suspects being held on bail. He lives in Rikers Island

Two of the accused have not been named or arrested. Police released their photos on Wednesday before charging them with the others the following day.

One suspect arrested last week and released without bail was not charged Thursday – Jhoan Boada, 22, who was pictured leaving the courthouse pointing his middle finger at reporters.

Brito, Gomes, Reveron and Arocha are all charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and one count of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.

Juarez and Brito are charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Police say neither Juarez nor Arocha ever hit the officers, but that Arocha kicked a police radio while Juarez watched from a distance before giving Brito his jacket.

Gomez is accused of grabbing one officer and kicking the other while Reveron allegedly grabbed, pulled and threw the two cops to the ground.

One of the accused migrants is seen wearing a red shirt and white hat during the attack on 27 January.  Police say he kicked the officers at least three times before throwing a punch

One of the accused migrants is seen wearing a red shirt and white hat during the attack on 27 January. Police say he kicked the officers at least three times before throwing a punch

The new, second indicted suspect wanted on assault charges was allegedly seen kicking officers while wearing a black puffer jacket and a red baseball hat

The new, second indicted suspect wanted on assault charges was allegedly seen kicking officers while wearing a black puffer jacket and a red baseball hat

“The assault on our police officers in Times Square made me angry and sickened. We have absolutely zero tolerance for this despicable behaviour.’ said District Attorney Bragg.

According to the indictment, the assault happened after two police officers instructed the defendants to move to West 41st Street. When an officer grabbed Brito and pushed him against a building, Brito tried to escape and struggled with the officer while being held on the ground.

The NYPD announced earlier Wednesday that they are looking for two more migrants who are believed to be involved in a brutal assault against two NYPD officers in Times Square.

One of the migrants was seen wearing a red shirt and white hat during the attack on January 27. Police say he kicked the officers at least three times before throwing a punch.

The new, second suspect wanted on assault charges was allegedly seen kicking officers while wearing a black puffer jacket and a red baseball hat.

Police sources said earlier that four of the migrants charged in the Times Square attack may have fled the city after using false names to obtain tickets from a charity.

Police sources said earlier that four of the migrants charged in the Times Square attack may have fled the city after using false names to obtain tickets from a charity.

Before Wednesday’s indictment, six suspects were charged over the incident, which was caught on camera and sparked angry nationwide calls for deportations.

ICE initially said it had apprehended the four suspects in Phoenix, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s office denied they were the suspects believed to have fled.

DailyMail.com has reached out to ICE, the DA’s office and Border Patrol for comment on this story.

“The four individuals they arrested were not affiliated with the New York City investigation,” a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said Wednesday. “To date, we have received no indication from federal authorities that they have detained anyone related to our case.”

Venezuelan citizen 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 surety was warranted because Brito was positively identified in video of the attack by a “distinct tattoo.”

ICE initially said it had apprehended the four suspects in Phoenix (pictured), but the Manhattan District Attorney's office denied they were the suspects believed to have fled

ICE initially said it had apprehended the four suspects in Phoenix (pictured), but the Manhattan District Attorney’s office denied they were the suspects believed to have fled

Jhoan Boada (22) was arrested in connection with the attack and is pictured leaving the courthouse with his middle finger raised to reporters.  He was not charged Thursday

Jhoan Boada (22) was arrested in connection with the attack and is pictured leaving the courthouse with his middle finger raised to reporters. He was not charged Thursday

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

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said the $15,000 cash bail or a $50,000 surety was warranted for him alone, because Brito was positively identified in video of the attack by a “distinct tattoo.”

New York City in particular has struggled under the weight of tens of thousands of migrants arriving at its borders in need of lodging and other accommodations.

In 2023 alone, the city handled the arrival of more than 170,000 migrants.

Mayor Eric Adams said the cost of the migrant crisis in New York City is an eye-watering $4.6 billion as he pleads with the state for more money.

New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul last month pledged to commit $2.4 billion to the crisis, more than double last year’s proposal.

But Adams claims it’s still not enough to cover the cost of caring for tens of thousands of people who continue to flock to the Big Apple ‘sanctuary city’.

“We are the economic engine of the state,” said Mr. Adams told lawmakers at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday.

‘And we’ve always been here for the state. We now need the state to be here for us in the city.’