NEW YORK – Four of the men who were recently released after being accused of assaulting NYPD officers outside a Times Square shelter have reportedly left the city and headed to California. According to police sources, the men used fake names to obtain their tickets and sought assistance from a Catholic church before departing for the Golden State. As of Thursday night, their exact whereabouts were unknown.
The men had been granted release without bail after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court earlier in the week. A source revealed that they were allowed to leave, but emphasized that failure to appear for their next court date would result in a warrant for their arrest. This decision sparked outrage from law enforcement, particularly in light of the severity of the attack they were accused of.
The alleged attack occurred when police attempted to intervene in a disorderly situation outside the Candler Building on W. 42nd St. near Seventh Ave. The officers were trying to arrest a man in a yellow jacket when they were suddenly assaulted by a group of individuals, leaving them with scratches, bumps, and bruises. Several suspects were apprehended at the scene, but others remain at large.
One of the suspects, Yohenry Brito, was the only one not released without bail, as a Manhattan Criminal Court judge ordered him to be held on a $15,000 cash bond and a $50,000 Insurance Company Bond. Another suspect, Jandry Barros, was released after being held for a number of hours, with prosecutors expressing uncertainty about his involvement in the incident.
The police believe that a total of 12 men were involved in the assault and are still searching for five of them. The situation has reignited debate about the city’s policies surrounding bail and the treatment of those involved in criminal incidents.
Some law enforcement officials and advocates have expressed concern that the current system allows individuals to avoid consequences for violent actions. These events have prompted discussions about potential reforms and the need for a more comprehensive approach to addressing both the safety of law enforcement officers and the rights of the accused.