U.S. Marshals found and arrested a 15-year-old Venezuelan migrant Friday in connection with a shooting in New York City’s Time Square that wounded a tourist Thursday night.
Authorities were on the manhunt for Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa for most of the day before finding him at a home on Saratoga Avenue in Yonkers. Police charged Rivas-Figueroa as an adult for the shooting.
Shooting in Time Square. Go to visit NYC at your own risk. pic.twitter.com/j31xxcKN8F
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CBS New York did not name the suspect because he is a minor until learning that the police were charging him as an adult, then published the suspect’s name in an editor’s note with the update about the charges.
According to the New York City Police Department, the teenager was staying with his mother in Yonkers when authorities arrested him.
The NYPD reports he cried as police took him into custody. Police initially said they would most likely charge him as a juvenile. But after investigators questioned him Friday night, they are charging him as an adult for charges that could range as far as attempted murder.
Less than six months ago, the teen suspect arrived in New York from Venezuela. According to police, he was staying at a migrant shelter on the Upper West Side.
CBS New York heard from police that the suspect is also implicated in an armed robbery in the Bronx last month and another shooting in Midtown that did not cause any injuries.
15 year old illegal alien arrest for alleged Time Square shooting pic.twitter.com/FHt0HTOwoe
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“If you think you can threaten the lives of the very people who keep us safe if you think you can put others at deadly risk and get away with it, then think again. We will never stop pursuing you. We will find you, and we will arrest you,” NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban said.
A Daily Mail report showed pictures of the migrant youth crying as police apprehended him. NYPD Deputy Chief of Detectives Jason Savino said he opened fire on police who pursued him through Midtown “without a thought for who he might hit or kill.”
“It’s an actual miracle we’re not having a different conversation right now,” Chief of Patrol John Chell said as he demonstrated how Savino held the gun as he fired it at police. “And I gotta tell you, [if] one of those bullets hits our cop last night, this is a whole different conversation we’re having today,” Savino added.
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