One of the asylum seekers who attacked New York City cops in a widely publicized assault has been indicted by a grand jury.
The charges were filed against 24-year-old Yohenry Brito on the same day that he appeared in court for a separate shoplifting crime in the city.
Of the migrants suspected of attacking police, Brito is the only one in custody after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg made the stunning decision to release several others without bail.
Asylum seeker charged in viral attack
Prosecutors were able to identify Brito based on his distinctive neck tattoo. He was caught on a shocking surveillance tape that showed a crowd of migrants assaulting two NYPD cops in Times Square.
The charges against Brito will be unsealed at his March arraignment. His lawyer said he pled not guilty to the separate misdemeanor charges for shoplifting.
“He’s procedurally entering a plea of not guilty, and he’s pleading not guilty to all the charges at this time,” Mark Jankowitz said.
Bragg's decision to release the other suspects without bail has led to outrage and fears that they will elude justice. The migrants who were let go were reported to have fled on a bus out of the city after giving fake names to a church-affiliated nonprofit, the New York Post reported.
Four individuals who were arrested in Arizona on Monday are not suspects in the case, despite reporting that suggested they were linked.
New York Dems take heat
New York has absorbed over 160,000 migrants over the past year as a result of Biden's border crisis.
Migrants have been linked to a string of robberies in the city, but the brazen assault of the city's overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated police officers has stood out for its shocking brutality.
One of the migrants gave the middle finger to reporters in a shocking display of defiance.
The shocking incident has led to furious backlash against Democrats in the state, which has inched rightward in recent elections, with a special election on Long Island coming up next week that could help decide control of Congress.
New York city mayor Eric Adams (D) has said he is open to tweaking the "sanctuary city" policy that prevents cooperation with federal immigration officers - and Governor Kathy Hochul (D) has said the attackers should face deportation.
“Get them all and send them back,” Hochul told reporters. “You don’t touch our police officers. You don’t touch anyone.”