Man with Distinctive Neck Tattoo Indicted in Times Square Attack

Yohenry Brito, the man with a distinctive neck tattoo who was part of the migrant mob attack on two police officers in Times Square, has been indicted by a grand jury. The charges, however, remain under seal as of Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office. This development comes on the same day Brito pleaded not guilty to unrelated low-level charges.

During his appearance in New York Criminal Court, Brito, who has been held on Rikers Island since his arrest, kept his head down and maintained his innocence. His attorney, Mark Jankowitz, stated that Brito denies the misdemeanor charges. Brito is scheduled to appear in court on April 3 to answer the misdemeanor charges and on March 25 in New York Supreme Court for his arraignment on the sealed indictment.

The indictment against Brito is seen as a small step towards justice by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Hendry, who expressed gratitude for the support of New Yorkers in demanding accountability for the attack. Hendry emphasized that many participants in the assault are still at large and urged the public to continue speaking up until all those responsible are apprehended.

Brito is the only suspect currently held on bail, with Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Marisol Martinez Alons setting the amount at $15,000 cash or $50,000 bond. The other suspects, Darwin Andres Gomez, Kelvin Servita Arocha, Wilson Juarez, and Yorman Reveron, were released after their arraignments. Authorities suspect that they fled the city using fake names provided to a church-affiliated nonprofit group that assists migrants with transportation.

The mob attack occurred on January 27 on West 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. Video footage captured the moment when the two police officers confronted the migrants, leading to a scuffle before the mob descended upon the officers, assaulting them with kicks. The suspects then fled down 42nd Street towards Seventh Avenue.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office defended its decision not to request monetary bail, citing the ongoing review of the footage to determine each suspect’s level of involvement in the assault. Another individual, Carlos Durante, was arrested in connection with the attacks but has only been charged with grand larceny and other crimes as authorities do not see him actively participating in the assault.

Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her support for deportation of the attackers, stating that anyone who harms police officers or others should be sent back to their home countries.


Author: CrimeDoor

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