Gov. Hochul Criticizes Release of Migrants Involved in Attack on NYPD Officers

Gov. Kathy Hochul expressed strong disapproval over the release of a group of migrants who were captured on video attacking two NYPD officers near Times Square last month. However, she clarified that the state’s controversial bail reform was not to blame for their release. The shocking attack, which occurred on January 27, involved a mob assaulting the officers. Despite the severity of the crimes committed, several suspects were set free on bail-eligible charges, with one of them even defiantly gesturing with both hands to journalists as he left the court. It is believed that some of the accused individuals may have fled to California.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Gov. Hochul expressed her frustration, stating that the crimes committed by the suspects were bail-eligible, and they should have been held accountable. She emphasized the need for judges to exercise discretion and ensure that repeat offenders are not released under the state’s bail laws. Gov. Hochul called for the perpetrators to face prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment in the United States before being deported. She expressed concerns about potential consequences if they were simply sent back to their home countries.

The suspects, identified as Darwin Andres Gomez, Kelvin Servita Arocha, Wilson Juarez, and Yorman Reveron, allegedly provided false names to a church-affiliated nonprofit group that assists migrants in leaving New York City. The chaotic nature of the incident and the involvement of six to eight individuals initially caused confusion regarding the identities of the perpetrators. Gov. Hochul stressed that suspects can be held while investigations are ongoing, and bail can be requested and granted to ensure their presence during the process.

The governor also highlighted that the group had been involved in violent shoplifting prior to the attack on the NYPD officers. The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on March 4, facing charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, which is a bail-eligible offense. Failure to appear may result in arrest warrants being issued. Three additional men were arrested in connection with the attack, with one of them being held on bail due to the presence of a distinctive tattoo that allowed for identification in the assault footage.

Author: CrimeDoor

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