Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg now says he wants to track down migrants who attacked cops and will present evidence to grand jury to charge them, days after setting them free to flee to California
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has now claimed he wants to track down the migrants who allegedly attacked two NYPD officers before a judge released them without bail.
Bragg said his office will present testimony to a grand jury Tuesday about the 12 suspects they believe were involved in the Jan. 27 melee with police outside a Times Square shelter.
“Our office continues to work with law enforcement to bring to justice all those responsible for these heinous attacks. 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 them and hold them accountable for their despicable actions,” Bragg said in ‘ said a statement. on Saturday.
“We will not rest until every person who assaulted a police officer in this horrific attack is held accountable.”
It may be a little late to try to track down some of the suspects, as four of them are believed to have used false names to obtain bus tickets to California from a Catholic charity in New York.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has now claimed he wants to track down the migrants who allegedly attacked two NYPD officers before a judge released them without bail
When confronted by reporters about his decision on Friday, Bragg refused to engage and walked away without answering questions
Six suspects were arrested and charged with robbery and felony assault after a brutal attack on NYPD officers in Times Square last Saturday. A seventh was arrested but released without charge due to a lack of evidence, according to police.
Four of those believed to have been involved have been released without bail, now feared to have fled to California by bus using a church-linked migrant charity.
Police have not released the identities of five other suspects in the attack on the NYPD officers.
On Friday Bragg defended the decision to release a group of migrants suspected of the assault.
He said: ‘While the video is shocking and disturbing, it is imperative that we definitively identify each defendant to ensure convictions in court.
‘In Manhattan we do not tolerate or accept assaults on police officers. I watched the tape this week. Despicable conduct. It sickened me and infuriated me.’
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.”
The brutal attack happened around 8:30 p.m. when officers tried 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.
The sixth suspect, Yohenry Brito (24), was arraigned in the criminal court in Manhattan on Thursday and is the only one of the suspects who is being held on bail.
Darwin Andres Gomez (left) and Kelvin Servita Arocha were also released without bail
Wilson Juarez (left) and Yorman Reveron are accused of gangbusting two police officers in Times Square.
Jhoan Boada (pictured), 22, was arrested on Monday evening and charged with attempted assault on a police officer and gang assault
According to the NYPD, the migrants then began attacking the officers, kicking them in the head and body while the two officers tried to pin down one of the other men and tear off his shirt.
The migrants then ran away and made their escape east on 42nd Street to Seventh Avenue.
Around 22:44 that evening, four of them – Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel (19), Kelvin Servat Arocha (19), Juarez Wilson (21) and Yorman Reveron (24) were arrested.
They were all charged with assault on a police officer, gang assault, obstruction of government administration and disorderly conduct, but were released without bail.
Gomez, Arocha, Juarez and Reveron allegedly gave false names to a church-affiliated nonprofit that helps migrants get rides out of the city, law enforcement sources told the Post.
Suspect Jhoan Boada (22) was also released after being charged and was seen flipping the bird at the press waiting outside the court.
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.
Jandry Barros, 21, a seventh suspect who was arrested but let go without charges due to lack of evidence, also has a prior record with authorities.
As he left the courthouse, the 22-year-old raised his middle finger to reporters and smiled
The gang reportedly struck after being asked to keep moving without cops. The alleged attackers were later arrested…and subsequently released without bail
Police sources confirmed the men’s migrant status to the New York Post. Several addresses of the men provided by police are homeless and migrant shelters
Since taking office in 2022, Bragg has come under fire for not seeking prison terms on certain charges and for downgrading misdemeanor charges in a slew of cases, including armed robbery and some drug offenses.
Actor Michael Rapaport shared his comments about the group of migrants who allegedly attacked police officers in Times Square
He said he was open to voting for Donald Trump in the 2024 election because of anger over the Times Square migrant who beat up an NYPD police officer.
Rapaport took to X on Friday to slam the decision and the decline of law enforcement in the Big Apple.
“Let me tell you something, where the f*** is the world coming to?” he said. “If you can be from another country, beat up a cop in New York City, and walk out with no f****n bail?”
‘Released without bail. Came out of the courtroom on some Tupac – and raised the middle finger with the Detroit Redwings jersey.’
He added: ‘Don’t you have anything to say about mother*** beating up cops in New York City? The greatest city on earth?’
While Elon Musk claimed Biden’s plan is to allow as many migrants into the country as possible.
“Biden’s strategy is very simple,” he said. ‘1. Get as many illegals in the country as possible.
‘2. Legalize them to create a permanent majority – a one-party state. That’s why they encourage so much illegal immigration. Simple yet effective.’
He added: ‘Here is the full text of the bill. It sounds so reasonable at first, just as “The Committee of Public Safety” actually meant “The Beheaded Committee” in revolutionary France.’
In another post, Musk said: ‘(This) explains why there are so few deportations, as every deportation is a lost vote.
‘As happened this week, you can literally assault police officers in broad daylight in New York, be released without bail, give everyone the finger and *still* not be deported!! Outrageous.’
The migrant crisis has previously affected southern states near the border such as Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
But the issue has increasingly affected cities including New York, Boston and Chicago, as buses full of thousands of migrants are sent to Democratic-led territory across the US.
The humanitarian crisis has put more pressure on Democrats, including President Joe Biden, as the numbers crossing the border reach unprecedented levels.
A record 300,000 migrants crossed the US southern border in December, according to a new report, the highest number ever recorded.
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 100,000 migrants.
Adams repeatedly asked for federal help to house and feed the migrants in the city, but was denied.
New York is a right to shelter state and is required to house the asylum seekers, but shelters have been filling up at an astronomical rate.
In Manhattan, a number of landmark hotels have been converted into temporary shelters and temporary housing.
Back in September, Hochul said: ‘We have to get the word out that when you come to New York, you’re not going to have any more hotel rooms, we don’t have capacity.
“So we also have to give a proper message that we are at a limit – if you are going to leave your country, go somewhere else.”