Authorities have clarified that the individuals apprehended at an Arizona bus terminal are not the suspects accused of evading law enforcement after the Times Square police incident, as previously suggested.
According to three senior law enforcement officials briefed by NBC News, the four men detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona do not correspond to the identities of those associated with the Times Square assault.
This clarification follows earlier assertions by federal officials who initially linked the detained individuals to the New York City incident.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney’s office emphasized, “The four individuals they took into custody were not affiliated with the New York City investigation. To date, we have not received any indication from federal authorities that they have detained anyone related to our case.”
Initial reports from police sources indicated that four of the migrants allegedly involved in the Times Square altercation Darwin Andres Gomez, Kelvin Servita Arocha, Wilson Juarez, and Yorman Reveron had potentially absconded from the city after procuring tickets from a charitable organization using false identities.
To date, six individuals have been apprehended in connection to the assault on NYPD officers in Times Square on January 27, with authorities suspecting up to 14 individuals were involved.
Venezuelan national Yohenry Brito, 24, appeared in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday, where he faced charges related to the attack and was remanded to Rikers Island. The decision for bail, set at $15,000 cash or a $50,000 bond, was influenced by Brito’s positive identification in video evidence, notably due to a distinct tattoo.
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Brito’s criminal record includes prior charges such as petty larceny for theft incidents at Bergdorf Goodman and Macy’s.
Jhoan Boada, 22, the sixth suspect, is believed to have remained within New York City following the incident and was photographed making an obscene gesture toward reporters outside the courthouse after his release.
Jandry Barros, 21, the seventh individual arrested, was released without charges due to insufficient evidence, though he also has prior encounters with law enforcement.
Separately, a group of migrants, purportedly from Venezuela, faced arrest on allegations of stealing from numerous women in a raid. Seven individuals were apprehended in the Bronx, with one particularly egregious theft involving a moped rider dragging a woman to steal her phone, an incident captured on surveillance.
Authorities are actively seeking the ringleader of what they term a group of migrant “ghost criminals” believed to be behind multiple robberies.
New York City, grappling with an influx of tens of thousands of migrants, has faced significant challenges in accommodating and addressing the needs of arrivals. Mayor Eric Adams has underscored the financial strain, estimating the crisis’s cost at $4.6 billion and advocating for additional state support.
Governor Kathy Hochul recently pledged $2.4 billion to address the crisis, but Mayor Adams contends that this falls short of the necessary funding to support the influx of individuals seeking refuge in the city, urging increased assistance from the state.