15-Year-Old Migrant Who Shot At Cops And Woman In Times Square Is Charged With Attempted Murder

A 15-year-old armed immigrant has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and numerous other offences. The migrant was wanted after shooting a tourist and shooting at police in Times Square on Thursday.

15-Year-Old Migrant Who Shot At Cops And Woman In Times Square Is Charged With Attempted Murder

15-year-old Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figureoa sobbed as he was hauled into police custody on Friday after a brief manhunt for the chaos that broke out in a popular tourist destination in New York City.

In addition, assault, attempted assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a firearm have been brought against Rivas-Figueroa, who the police had described as “armed and dangerous” as they were pursuing him.

Authorities said that at approximately 7:05 p.m., the teenager shot a security guard inside the JD Sports retail store on West 42nd Street and Broadway with a.45 calibre revolver after the guard had seen Rivas-Figureoa and two other teenagers stealing clothing and trainers.

When Rivas-Figueroa and the other shoplifters fled the scene, the gunfire missed the security guard but hit a female Brazilian tourist in the leg.

According to the NYPD, Rivas-Figueroa opened fire on a responding police officer at least twice, and another police officer caught the other shoplifter who was running away.

Because Rivas-Figueroa had attempted to kill a police officer, the NYPD immediately began looking for him.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban stated that Rivas-Figueroa was apprehended without incident by the U.S. Marshals Service on Friday at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Yonkers, New York, which is located immediately north of the Bronx. The perp has a family connection to the region. The video shows him being dragged off by the police while sporting a gold chain, black jeans, and a black t-shirt. When authorities said Rivas-Figueroa opened fire in Times Square, he was dressed entirely in white.

“The shooting incident last night in Times Square was way beyond reckless,” Caban said at a Friday evening news conference to announce the arrest. “In the middle of the busiest, mostly highly-trafficked part of the city, a criminal with a firearm decides to pull the trigger.”

“If you think you attack a member of this department, if you think you could threaten the lives of the very people who keep us safe. If you think you could put others at deadly risk and get away with it, then think again,” Caban said. “We will never stop pursuing you. We will find you, and we will arrest you.”

Authorities indicated at a previous press conference on Friday that the adolescent had left Venezuela and was now residing in a makeshift shelter. According to NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell, he arrived in the country in September and was lodging at the Stratford Arms Hotel on West 70th Street, which is home to migrants.

It’s unknown if Rivas-Figueroa is in the nation on a valid visa or not.

Because of his age, it is unknown if his case will be heard in family court or criminal court. According to New York law, a kid who is 13, 14, or 15 years old who is accused of committing a severe criminal is regarded as a juvenile offender.

Rivas-Figureoa is also accused of a gunshot incident in Midtown Manhattan and an armed robbery in the Bronx, according to Chell, in addition to the shooting on Thursday.

The woman wounded Thursday was grazed by a gunshot, a Brazilian official with knowledge of the matter told Fox News Digital. Police say she was treated at a nearby hospital and then discharged.

According to the official, she is anticipated to return to Brazil on Saturday.

“The Police Department was very, very resourceful and kind to the lady and really offered a lot of support,” the official said. “The mayor’s office has not reached out, but I don’t think there’s any need because she was not seriously injured as the Police Department was very supportive. She’s completely well and this is not a big issue.”

There was no danger to the officer.

Chell commended the dismissed police officer’s actions during his briefing, saying that he did not return fire in the very populated location.

“Our cop showed great restraint not to fire their weapon into a crowd of New Yorkers,” stated the officer. “His training dictates you have to be prudent when you’re going to fire your weapon.”

“We’re the most restrained police department in the world, and we proved it last night,” Chell stated.

Nearly two weeks had passed since a group of migrants attacked two NYPD policemen in Times Square, before the shooting. In that case, multiple people have been charged, but just one is in detention.

Chell pointed out that as the city struggles with an inflow of migrants, some Venezuelans have presented a concern for public safety.

“We saw the moped robberies and snatches. We see pockets being picked in Times Square and on the subway. We see some groups going into stores… and stealing property,” he said.

“The state of this police department is we don’t care who you are, what your status is,” Chell said, referring to the suspected shoplifting teens being migrants. We’re not going to go and broad brush a whole migrant community as being bad people… our concern, the community’s concern is to take this armed and dangerous juvenile off the streets,” Chell said.

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