Update: The Manhattan District Attorney Office’s has released NYPD footage from two overhead cameras and two NYPD body cameras that captured the attack on officers on January 7.
New York Daily News
A Manhattan grand jury will hear evidence about migrants’ attacks on a group of NYPD officers outside a Times Square migrant shelter, District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Saturday.
“It is clear from video and other evidence that some of the most culpable individuals have not yet been identified or arrested,” Bragg said in a statement.
“We are working hand in hand with the NYPD to find and hold them accountable for their despicable acts,” Bragg’s statement said.
The grand jury is to begin hearing the case on Tuesday.
Police say they have a dozen suspects in the assault, which took place around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 outside the migrant shelter on W. 42nd St. near Seventh Ave.
Four suspects were arrested the night of the attack. They include Yorman Reveron, 24; Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19; Wilson Juarez, 21, and Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19. A fifth suspect, Jhoan Boada, 22, was apprehended Monday night.
All five face charges of either assault on a police officer, gang assault or attempted assault and other charges.
Despite the charges being bail-eligible offenses, prosecutors declined to immediately ask for bail in their cases, saying they need more time to determine each defendant’s role. The five men were freed at their arraignments in Manhattan criminal court.
Upon their release without having to post bail, four of the suspects used false names to obtain bus tickets from a church-affiliated immigrant support group and have left New York, police sources have said.
On Wednesday, cops nabbed Yohenry Brito, 24, a man they believe was at the center of the beat down, along with Jandry Barros, 21. The pair were hit with felony assault charges.
Barros was released Thursday night, with prosecutors explaining that they were no longer sure he was involved in the incident. “At this time, there is not sufficient evidence that he is one of the people who committed this terrible act,” Bragg spokesman Doug Cohen said as Barros was allowed free.
The identities of five other suspects have not been released.
The melee began when cops tried to arrest Brito as they encountered a disorderly group outside the shelter. Prosecutors say Brito resisted arrest by swinging his arms and tensing up in a struggle that brought him and an NYPD lieutenant to the ground.
As Brito and the lieutenant struggled, other shelter residents kicked and punched a group of officers, video from the scene shows.
At arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, Brito’s bail was set at $15,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Prosecutors sought bail in his case based on prior arrests and his lack of a permanent address.
Brito, who records show is from Venezuela, remained held at Rikers Island on Saturday night.