More Arrests Made NYC Attack
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officials have made several arrests in connection to the mob attack on two NYPD officers that took place last week. According to multiple ICE sources and Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, the suspects were apprehended at a bus station in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday evening. This comes after the brutal assault on two officers in New York City's Times Square, which was captured on video and sparked outrage across the country.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, February 2nd, when the officers approached a group of loitering individuals in Times Square and asked them to move along. One of the individuals, identified as a 19-year-old illegal immigrant, became combative and a struggle broke out. Video footage shared by the NYPD shows the officers attempting to arrest the individual, when suddenly other members of the group join in, kicking and punching the officers in the head. The officers were able to subdue and handcuff four of the suspects, who were then taken into custody.
The four suspects were later identified as Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel, 19, Kelvin Servat Arocha, 19, Juarez Wilson, 21, and Yorman Reveron, 24, the New York Post reported. They were all charged with assault, but shockingly, were released without bail. This prompted outrage and criticism of New York's bail reform policies, which allow for the release of suspects without bail for certain offenses. Police sources later revealed that a fifth suspect was arrested on Monday night and charged with attempted assault of a police officer.
BREAKING: Per multiple ICE sources to me & colleague @GriffJenkins, ICE & HSI arrested several of the illegal immigrants believed to be involved in the mob beating of two NYPD officers at a Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, AZ this evening.
We’ve reached out to ICE for formal… pic.twitter.com/J5mIgRlAMT
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) February 6, 2024
In light of their release, the four suspects decided to flee to California, as it is a sanctuary state. However, their plans were thwarted by ICE and HSI officials who were able to track and apprehend them in Phoenix, Arizona. The suspects were traveling on a bus from El Paso, Texas, when they were intercepted by law enforcement officials. They were then transferred to the custody of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for processing of immigration violations.
In a statement, ICE confirmed that the four suspects were arrested and transferred to their custody on February 5th. They were apprehended by special agents from Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and U.S. Border Patrol. The statement also mentioned that the suspects are believed to be involved in the coordinated assault on multiple NYPD officers in Times Square. ICE also revealed that the individuals will be processed for their immigration violations.
This news has sparked a debate about immigration and sanctuary policies in the country. Many are questioning the leniency towards illegal immigrants and the safety of law enforcement officers. Police unions and officials have also expressed their concerns, stating that this incident is just one of many examples of how bail reform and sanctuary policies are endangering their officers. Experts also believe that this incident highlights the need for stricter immigration policies and cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies.
WANTED for ASSAULT: on 1/27 at approx. 8:30 PM, individuals kicked & punched police officers in the head & body when officers were effecting an arrest in front of 220 W 42nd Street. The individuals fled on foot towards 7th Ave. Any info? DM or call @nypdtips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/UDusqdbGgf
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 30, 2024
Various reactions have emerged on social media, with some expressing their gratitude towards ICE and HSI for apprehending the suspects. Others are calling for stricter immigration policies and a re-evaluation of bail reform policies in New York. The NYPD has also released a statement thanking ICE for their assistance in making these arrests, stating that it is a prime example of cooperation between law enforcement agencies.
The arrests made by ICE and HSI officials serve as a reminder that those who break the law, regardless of their immigration status, will face consequences. It also highlights the importance of federal agencies working together to ensure the safety and security of our communities. This incident has also reignited discussions about the need for stricter immigration policies and cooperation between federal and local law enforcement. As the suspects await their immigration proceedings, many are hopeful that justice will be served for the two officers who were violently attacked while carrying out their duties.