Seven Indicted on Charges of Beating NYPD Officers in Times Square

By Hamodia Staff

NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and NYPD Chief of Detective Joseph Kenney announcing the charges against seven suspects in the beating of NYPD officers, Thursday, February 8, 2023. (Office of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg)

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced that seven individuals were indicted on a variety of charges for attacking two NYPD officers in Times Square at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27.

Braggs described that brutal attack of the NYPD officers at the hands of migrants as “heinous.”

Of the seven migrants indicted, four were arrested last week and were indicted on charges of second degree assault among other charges. One suspect was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, while the charges of two, who remain at bay, remain sealed until they are taken into custody.

Bragg began a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, February 8, by playing a video of the brazen assault and highlighted the part of each individual. The video showed four individuals kicking the officers, sometimes in the head.

“This assault, as it did to many of you, sickened me and outraged me,” Bragg said, and called the investigation undertaken by the NYPD and his office as “painstaking.”

Suspects Yoherny Brito, 19, Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19, Yorman Reveron, 24, Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19, were all charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony.

Gomez-Izquiel, Arocha, and Reveron, along with one other suspect, 22-year-old Jhoan Broada, were arrested but released without bail arrest last week and are believed to have immediately jumped a bus and fled to California – leading to harsh criticism of the DA’s office.

At the press briefing on Thursday, Bragg defended his decision to release them. He stated that several suspects changed clothes shortly after the attack, which prevented prosecutors from identifying exactly who did what.

Bragg said his office didn’t want to file full charges until they had “identified the roles of everybody who participated in this heinous act.”

“We have absolutely no tolerance for this despicable behavior,” the DA said. ““The thorough nature of our joint investigation reflects the utmost seriousness in which we are treating this incident – accountability, justice and public safety only comes from charging the right people with the right conduct.”

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