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  • Updated: February 09, 2024

Concerns trail release of migrants who attacked police

Concerns trail release of migrants who attacked police

Following the violent attack on two New York City police officers by a group of migrants nearly two weeks ago, the aftermath remains fraught with uncertainty.

While one suspect, Yohenry Brito, is detained on Rikers Island, concerns mount over the whereabouts of four others charged in connection to the incident after being released on no bail.

Recent updates from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office shed light on the legal trajectory of the case.

Indictments have been secured against seven suspects, including Kelvin Arocha, Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, Wilson Juarez, and Yorman Reveron.

Charges range from assault to obstruction of governmental administration, with Juarez accused of tampering with physical evidence.

Reports emerged indicating that the four released suspects fled to California, allegedly providing false identities to a nonprofit organization facilitating migrant transportation.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol subsequently issued warrants for their arrest. Despite rumours of apprehension in Arizona, authorities confirmed no connection to the case involving the assaulted officers.

While indictments signal progress, questions persist regarding the apprehension of all involved parties.

With eleven individuals suspected in the attack, efforts continue to identify and hold them accountable.

Patrick Hendry, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, said the seven indictments don't mean "anything unless these individuals show up in a Manhattan courtroom."

"Some might be thousands of miles away at this point. New York City police officers will apprehend those who fail to appear, but we shouldn't have to," he said in a statement. "They should be in jail. We don't call it justice until they are all behind bars."

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