Two NYPD officers were allegedly attacked by several illegal migrants in Times Square on Saturday Night.
Illegal migrants assaulted NYPD officers near Times Square in New York 🇺🇸👮🏻♀️
⁉️ Subsequently, following their apprehension, all individuals involved were released without the requirement of posting bail. pic.twitter.com/QvEwATd0P4
— Global Dissident (@GlobalDiss) January 31, 2024
The surveillance camera catching the attack was taken from a migrant shelter at 220 West 42nd St.
The police officers involved were reportedly dispatched to break up a disorderly crowd.
CBS News has more on the story.
A second clip then shows police apparently trying to take someone into custody. At that point, police say the officers were attacked by a group of men. A lieutenant and an officer from the Midtown South Precinct were kicked and pummeled. One suffered a laceration to the face.
Police arrested five people but say four others, seen on the video, got away, and they want the public’s help in trying to find them. The five who were arrested were charged with felony assault. Police say the individuals are migrants who reside at various shelters in the city.
At least two witnesses who spoke to CBS New York on Tuesday said they had no idea what triggered the assault. They say they quickly ran away because they feared for their own safety.
The first four who were arrested and charged had a court appearance and were released. They have another court date in March.
The police have identified four of the suspects: Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel, 19, Kelvin Servat Arocha, 19, Juarez Wilson, 21, and Yorman Reveron, 24.
Each assailant was charged with assault and released without bail.
Fox News has more on the story.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told Fox News Digital that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“We now have additional video surveillance that was not available at the time of arraignment and are continuing to speak to witnesses in order to determine the specific role of each defendant,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
The unidentified officers sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. One officer sustained cuts to the face while the other had bruising to the body, according to sources.
“Attacks on police officers are becoming an epidemic, and the reason is a revolving door we’re seeing in cases like this one,” said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry in a statement. “It is impossible for police officers to deal effectively with crime and disorder if the justice system can’t or won’t protect us while we do that work.”
Reveron has two pending cases in Manhattan for assault and robbery, the newspaper reported. He allegedly attacked a loss prevention officer at a Macy’s department store during an alleged robbery and allegedly punched and bit a Nordstrom Rack employee in November.
Many have taken to X to voice their frustrations with the immigration situation in New York.
Illegal immigrants who attack law enforcement officers should be deported. Sanctuary cities and cashless bail are a recipe for disaster – and New York must change course. https://t.co/awFSspge9i
— Congressman Mike Lawler (@RepMikeLawler) January 31, 2024
Once again, Gov. Hochul & Albany Democrats are putting illegal migrants and their progressive agenda ahead of New York’s children.
I stand with my NY Republican Colleagues in demanding Hochul reevaluate her priorities & support our children over illegal migrants in the 2025…
— Rep. Claudia Tenney (@RepTenney) January 30, 2024
Saturday’s attack on the NYPD officers are yet another incident involving the influx of migrants being bussed from the Texas-Mexico border.