OAN’s Abril Elfi
3:49 PM – Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Surfacing reports from law enforcement claim that two officers were recently assaulted by a group of illegal migrants in Times Square.
On Saturday night, two NYPD officers were assaulted while attempting to break up a disorderly crowd outside of a migrant shelter.
The group of men were first told to vacate the front of the Candler Building, located at 220 West 42nd Street, by a police officer and lieutenant. The building has been utilized as a shelter since last March due to overcrowding at homeless shelters.
Reports say that a fight quickly broke out, and a number of men kicked and punched the police officers in the “head and body.” One of the officers even sustained severe cuts to his face and medical personnel assisted in his recovery at the scene.
Four suspects were initially arrested after the incident and have been identified as Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel 19, Kevin Servat Archoa, 19, Juarez Wilson, 21, and Yorman Reveron, 24.
All four were charged with assault after being taken in, but were later released due to the state’s sanctuary laws.
One of the men, Reveron, had been arrested two separate times before. He was accused of attacking a Nordstrom Rack employee who was attempting to stop him from stealing back in November. He was also charged with “punching a Macy’s employee” who was attempting to stop him and two others during a planned robbery at the Herald Square store last month.
A fifth suspect from the migrant mob incident was later arrested on Monday. He was identified as 22-year-old Jhoan Boada. Boada was initially charged with attempted assault of a police officer, however, he was arraigned and released later on Wednesday.
Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Hendry released a statement after learning of the attack, asserting that officer assaults are becoming an “epidemic.”
“Attacks on police officers are becoming an epidemic, and the reason is a revolving door we’re seeing in cases like this one,” said Hendry. “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.”
Governor Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) announced that she is considering deporting the mob of migrant men.
“I think that’s actually something that should be looked at. I mean, if someone commits a crime against a police officer in the state of New York and they’re not here legally, it’s definitely worth checking into,” Hochul said. “It’s wrong on all accounts and I’m looking to judges and prosecutors to do the right thing.”
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, and on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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