Migrants Arrested in Arizona Investigated for Possible Connection to NYPD Cop Assault

Federal authorities in Arizona have apprehended several migrants who are being investigated for their potential involvement in the assault of two NYPD cops in New York City. The migrants were taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at a Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, according to law enforcement sources and a report by Fox News.

ICE agents are currently working to determine if these individuals are among the four men who fled New York City after being released without bail following their arrests in the caught-on-camera beatdown near Times Square on January 28. The suspects, identified as Darwin Andres Gomez, Kelvin Servita Arocha, Wilson Juarez, and Yorman Reveron, are believed to have provided false names to a church-affiliated nonprofit group that assists migrants in obtaining transportation out of the city.

Although it remains unclear whether the similarities between the arrested migrants and the four suspects pertain to their aliases or real identities, ICE agents acted on the information provided by local authorities. The migrants were arrested on immigration warrants, indicating a potential violation of immigration laws.

John Miller, the former deputy commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism for the NYPD, suggested that the group likely boarded a bus headed for Calexico, a city near the Mexican border in California, via St. Louis, Missouri. However, due to their release on their own recognizance after their arraignments, local police were unable to apprehend the alleged cop assaulters.

The suspects face charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, which is a bail-eligible offense. However, given the circumstances surrounding their release and the fact that they provided false names, there are concerns about their compliance with the scheduled court date on March 4. If they fail to appear, warrants for their arrests may be issued.

In response to the incident, there has been a renewed debate over what offenses should be considered bail-eligible. PBA President Patrick Hendry expressed his concern, stating that the current criminal system is flawed and fails to protect police officers who risk their lives daily to safeguard New Yorkers. Governor Kathy Hochul also weighed in, stating that bail should have been sought for individuals accused of assaulting police officers. She further expressed her support for their deportation, emphasizing the importance of not tolerating any form of violence against law enforcement.

As the investigation continues, authorities are determined to establish the connection between the arrested migrants in Arizona and the suspects who allegedly assaulted the NYPD officers.

Author: CrimeDoor

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