Dramatic body camera footage shows the disturbing attack on two New York Police Department officers in Times Square – as seven migrants were charged in the incident.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office released footage from two overhead cameras and two body cameras that captured much of the Jan. 7 attack
Police were called to disperse a ‘disorderly group’ in front of 220 West 42 Street when suspect Yohenry Brito, 24, ‘got confrontational with the officers’ and they tried to arrest him, according to NYPD Detective Chief Joseph Kenny.
The officers begin by asking the group to move to another location, then NYPD Lieutenant Ben Kurian confronts Brito, wearing the yellow jacket, when he doesn’t seem to be leaving the area.
Body camera footage shows the moment Brito was grabbed by the lieutenant and pushed against a wall as he tried to arrest him.
Newly released body camera footage shows the disturbing attack on two New York City police officers in Times Square
Police were called to disperse a ‘disorderly group’ in front of West 220 Street 42 when suspect Yohenry Brito, 24, ‘got confrontational with the officers’
NYPD Lt. Ben Kurian’s body camera footage shows the moment suspect Yohenry Brito, 24, wearing the yellow jacket, was grabbed by the lieutenant
As Kurian holds Brito against the wall, groups of people are heard yelling at the officer in Spanish.
That’s when Brito tried to escape from Kurian and with the help of officer Zunxu Tian, police grabbed the migrant’s clothes while trying to restrain him.
Videos show the two officers and Brito falling to the ground and during the struggle that’s when other suspects intervened by pulling, grabbing and kicking the officers.
As Brito tries to hide, the officers hold onto his shirt, which he eventually takes off.
“Go arrest those guys,” Kurian said as the crowd fled.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday announced six additional charges related to the attack, pointing to 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.
Brito tried to escape from Lieutenant Kurian and with the help of Officer Zunxu Tian, the police grabbed the migrant’s clothes while trying to restrain him.
Videos show the two officers and Brito falling to the ground and during the struggle when other suspects intervened by pulling, grabbing and kicking the officers
As Brito tries to hide, the officers hold onto his shirt, which he eventually takes off
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday charged seven migrants over the attack and pointed to the actions of each attacker to explain why he was filing charges against them.
Bragg said his office has secured grand jury indictments for a total of seven suspects, including two people who have not yet been arrested.
Only one of the seven accused suspects is currently in custody – Brito – 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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Police sources said earlier that four of the migrants charged in the Times Square attack may have fled the city after using fake names to get tickets from a charity that helps migrants
Darwin Andres Gomez (left) and Kelvin Servita Arocha were released without bail and are suspected of trying to flee
Wilson Juarez (left) and Yorman Reveron are also on the run: they are accused of running down two policemen in Times Square
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
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.
Wilson Juarez, now reportedly watched the fight from a distance without participating. He has since been charged with tampering with physical evidence for allegedly exchanging his jacket with a man who fled from police after the confrontation, prosecutors said.
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.
Police said there are at least five additional suspects they want to question.
Jhoan Boada, 22, was arrested in connection with the attack and is pictured leaving the courthouse with his middle finger to reporters and a smile
The man who is believed to have been at the center of the attack, Yohenry Brito (24), is the only one of the suspects who is being held on bail. He lives in Rikers Island
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.
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’.