15-Year-Old Venezuelan Immigrant Charged As An Adult In Times Square Attack On Police And Brazilian Tourist Without Bond

After shooting a tourist and firing at police on Thursday near Times Square, a 15-year-old armed immigrant was taken into custody without bond after being charged as an adult with attempted murder.

15-Year-Old Venezuelan Immigrant Charged As An Adult In Times Square Attack On Police And Brazilian Tourist Without Bond

The teenager was charged as an adult on Friday afternoon with several offences, including two counts each of attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a firearm. This information is according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The kid has also been requested to be held without bond by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which notes that the evidence against him is “very strong.”

The office noted that the teen “demonstrated that he is an extreme flight risk and is facing a long sentence of incarceration on this strong case, where he shot an innocent bystander in Times Square and then fired at the police officer who was trying to arrest him. The facts of this case are particularly serious, and the evidence is very strong.”

The young man arrived in New York City from Venezuela less than six months ago, according to police. On the Upper West Side, he was residing in a shelter for migrants.

It’s unknown if he was in the nation lawfully or not.

The teenager was stopped by a security guard in Times Square with stolen goods, according to police, and was caught on camera opening fire inside a sporting goods store.

The 15-year-old and one of the other shoplifters fled the scene as the gunfire missed the security guard but hit a female Brazilian tourist in the leg.

According to the NYPD, the adolescent immigrant opened fire on a responding police officer at least twice, while another officer caught the other shoplifter who was running away.

Seeking the teenager immediately, the NYPD declared him “armed and dangerous.”

He was captured and placed under police arrest on Friday after a brief manhunt for the chaos that broke out in the popular tourist destination in New York City.

He is scheduled to appear in court again in the New York Supreme Criminal Court on February 10.

“The shooting incident last night in Times Square was way beyond reckless,” Commissioner Edward 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.”

Less than two weeks had passed when 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.

Fox News Digital’s request for comment was not immediately answered by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

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