Illegal alien mob charged for allegedly assaulting NYPD officers who were checking on unsupervised children

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A mob of illegal immigrants who allegedly assaulted New York Police Department officers while they were attempting to check in on unsupervised children were recently indicted, Fox News Digital reported Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, six suspects — Juan Munoz, 25; Alejandro Munoz, 42; Karina Navarro-Chavez, 42; Miguel Chiluisa, 23; Cristian Taipe, 30; and Natali Iza, 27 — were charged with attempted assault in the first degree, attempted gang assault in the first and second degrees, and other crimes related to the attack.

'My office will vigorously prosecute.'

The New York Post previously reported that the group was outside a Queens hotel that was converted into a shelter for illegal aliens when the assault occurred around 4:20 a.m. on June 17. Two NYPD officers were attempting to check in on three unattended children riding bicycles outside the shelter when the suspects surrounded them and began punching, kicking, and throwing objects.

Chiluisa was also charged with second- and third-degree escape. Both Chiluisa and Iza are facing two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz stated, "Two police officers, who were checking on the welfare of unattended children at 4:20 a.m., were allegedly surrounded and punched and kicked by a group of adults in an assault outside a Long Island City hotel."

"My office will vigorously prosecute those who harm members of law enforcement, and we will hold these defendants responsible for their alleged actions," Katz added.

Fox News Digital reported that Iza allegedly pushed and struck one of the officers who approached the children. Iza also reportedly hit an officer with a bicycle. Chiluisa was accused of throwing and striking an officer with a children's bike. Navarro-Chavez was accused of striking an officer with an unknown object.

Chiluisa allegedly attempted to flee the scene after being handcuffed. He was apprehended a short time later. Law enforcement stated that one of the handcuffs had been broken.

Both of the officers were treated at a nearby hospital for their injuries, which included shoulder pain and abrasions.

A large mob of illegal alien males attacked two NYPD officers earlier this year outside a shelter in Times Square. The brutal scuffle was caught on video. Six of the illegal immigrants were offered plea deals by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office.

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Tren de Aragua gang tied to over 100 investigations, including shootings and sex trafficking crimes: Report

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The violent Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua has been tied to more than 100 criminal investigations in the United States, according to a Wednesday NBC News report.

The news outlet stated that U.S. law enforcement and immigration officials have initiated investigations involving shootings and sex trafficking crimes that are linked to the criminal organization.

New York Police Department officials have referred to Tren de Aragua members as "ghost criminals" because there is little information available to identify them other than their gang-affiliated tattoos.

Jason Savino, the NYPD's assistant chief of detectives, told NBC News, "Their identity may be misrepresented; their date of birth may be misrepresented."

"Everything about that individual could potentially be misrepresented," he added.

Before reaching the U.S.-Mexico border, many illegal aliens toss their identification cards and passports to prevent law enforcement agents from identifying them.

Venezuela does not cooperate with the U.S. to provide criminal background information about its citizens. Therefore, Customs and Border Protection agents have limited information about the potential criminal history of Venezuelan citizens crossing the border. Additionally, Venezuela largely refuses to accept deportation flights.

Former Border Patrol agent Ammon Blair told NBC News that U.S. border officials will only have access to a Venezuelan national's criminal history if they obtain the information from Interpol or that individual already has a criminal record in the U.S.

DHS' Homeland Security Investigation told the news outlet that it has over 100 open investigations involving members of the gang.

Last month, HSI arrested three Tren de Aragua members who were accused of running a sex trafficking operation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The gang members allegedly forced Venezuelan women into sex work to pay off smuggler debt for bringing them into the U.S. The individuals were reportedly apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Texas after illegally crossing into the country but later released.

Law enforcement agents in Indiana are investigating another suspected sex trafficking operation involving Tren de Aragua members.

On June 3, two NYPD officers were shot by a Venezuelan national illegally in the U.S. and believed to be a member of the gang. NBC News reported that it is unclear whether the suspect's involvement with the gang was known to Venezuelan authorities.

"While the group is well established in many South American countries," an Interpol spokesperson stated, "there is evidence that it is now expanding North, into Mexico and the United States, where key Tren de Aragua members have already been identified."

A DHS spokesperson told NBC News, "DHS screens and vets individuals prior to their entry to the United States. If an individual poses a threat to national security or public safety, we deny admission, detain, remove, or refer them to other federal agencies for further vetting, investigation and/or prosecution as appropriate."

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NYPD arrests over 150 pro-Hamas protesters at NYU as volatile demonstrations spread

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The New York Police Department arrested more than 150 pro-Hamas protesters at New York University on Monday evening amid a wave of volatile demonstrations taking over university campuses.

Many of the detained anti-Israel protesters were students and faculty who had set up an encampment on the NYU campus. According to the school’s newspaper, Washington Square News, the pop-up campsite was formed by the NYU Palestine Solidarity Coalition, which consists of more than 20 on-campus groups.

The protesters demanded that the university divest from entities with ties to Israel and shut down its Tel Aviv site. Similar encampments have sprouted up at a number of universities across the country, including Columbia University, MIT, Yale, and the University of Michigan.

Fountain Walker, NYU’s head of campus safety, warned protesters that they would “face consequences” if they failed to leave the area by 4 p.m., according to Washington Square News.

“With the breach of the barricades early this afternoon, that requirement was violated, and we witnessed disorderly, disruptive, and antagonizing behavior that has interfered with the safety and security of our community,” Walker told the crowd. “If you leave now, no one will face any consequences for today’s actions — no discipline, no police.”

Despite the warning, the demonstration continued to grow, with activists outside campus arriving to support those inside the encampment.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, NYPD officers in riot gear instructed the protesters to disperse, warning that they would be arrested for trespassing if they refused. Police then began handcuffing demonstrators with zip ties. The remaining protesters responded to the arrests by forming a circle around the encampment and linking arms.

A video captured by a reporter with the City showed faculty and students creating a human barrier between police and the rest of the protesters.

While students pray at one end of the plaza police enter through back entrance LRAD plays while line of faculty hold a line.
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Other videos shared on social media showed rowdy and disorderly protesters hurling chairs and other objects at NYPD officers.

Bottles and chairs thrown as NYPD Clears the NYU occupation encampment 'Liberated Zone', making mass arrests.\n\nFULL STORY: https://t.co/ogESGvZcpK\n\nVideo by @yyeeaahhhboiii2 Desk@freedomnews.tv to license
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By approximately 9:30 p.m. all of the demonstrators had dispersed or been arrested, Washington Square News reported. It noted that NYPD began releasing the detained students and faculty in groups of two to five around 3:50 a.m.

NYU spokesperson John Beckman said, “We witnessed disorderly, disruptive, and antagonizing behavior that has interfered with the safety and security of our community, and that demonstrated how quickly a demonstration can get out of control or people can get hurt.”

“We also learned that there were intimidating chants and several anti-Semitic incidents reported,” Beckman continued. “Given the foregoing and the safety issues raised by the breach, we asked for assistance from the NYPD. The police urged those on the plaza to leave peacefully but ultimately made a number of arrests.”

Some remaining protesters who were not arrested by authorities marched toward NYPD headquarters carrying flares late Monday evening.

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NYPD raids open-air market run by illegal migrants selling stolen goods — but makes no arrests

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New York Police Department officers raided an open-air market run by illegal migrants on Roosevelt Avenue near 91 Street in Jackson Heights, the New York Post reported.

A day before the raid, the Post published an exposé on the illicit street market, where migrants have been selling stolen goods at discounted prices. Most of the items were snagged off the shelves of nearby businesses, which have been complaining about an uptick in shoplifting. Merchants and residents have made more than two dozen calls to 311 this year to report the illegal activity in the area.

Each morning for several months, migrants have been laying blankets and towels on the street to display the stolen goods for sale. The items range from power tools to hygiene products. Tags belonging to the merchant from which the ill-gotten goods were stolen remain on some of the items.

The block has also become overrun by illicit brothels, with sex workers roaming the streets in search of customers.

The Post reported that NYPD officers raided the street market on Monday after 4:30 p.m. and seized some of the stolen merchandise.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said, "We responded today."

"We've been here before, whether it be brothels, illegal bikes, vending now. So, this will be a continuing process. It's gonna take a while but we owe it to the residents of Queens," he explained.

According to the news outlet, spotters informed many of the illegal vendors about the impending raid, affording them enough time to flee the scene before officers arrived. Prostitutes were reportedly seen ducking into nearby buildings to avoid police.

A spokesperson for the NYPD told the Post that no arrests were made as a result of the Monday raid.

One neighbor said the illegal market would be back up and running after police leave the area.

"They'll be back. No question," the resident told the news outlet. "The TV cameras and the cops ran them off today, but they'll all be back tonight."

Milton Reyes, who manages a pharmacy on the block, told the Post earlier this week that the situation is "relentless."

"[Police] will come by and they will pick up a few of them. But as soon as the police car pulls away, they start moving back. Twenty minutes later, they're all set up again like nothing happened," Reyes remarked.

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NYPD deploys 800 more cops to subway to crack down on fare evasions: ‘Key component to our crime-reduction strategy’

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The New York Police Department announced Monday plans to deploy another 800 uniformed and undercover officers to the city’s subway system to crack down on fare evasions, the New York Post reported.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell stated during a press conference that the department will increase its presence at multiple subway stations over the next five days to prevent fare-beaters in a five-day initiative called “Operation Fare Play.” He claimed the effort will help curb the uptick in violent crimes.

Chell would not reveal which substations the officers would be stationed at but noted that the locations would be selected based on crime levels, Metropolitan Transportation Authority statistics, and community complaints, the Post reported.

According to NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper, the MTA and the community feel “blatant fare evasion at the turnstiles” is a “primary” and ongoing issue.

“Our riders should not be subjected to open acts of lawlessness anywhere in our subway system, and that tone of law and order must start at the fare gates,” Kemper said. “Don’t do it. Don’t jump, don’t crawl, don’t come through the gate. Make the right decision.”

Chell noted, “This is not a one-week deal.”

“We’re gonna do it time and time again. We’re not giving the locations ’cause we don’t want people to know,” he stated. “What we want them to know is, ‘Don’t think you can come down here and get a free ride and bring your weapons.”

“There’s no more freebies anymore. You talk about weapons coming down? This is where it stops,” Chell stated.

So far this year, the NYPD has issued 28,000 summonses for fare evasion and 1,700 have been arrested, Kemper reported. Additionally, 20 subway riders were caught with firearms. Eleven of the guns were discovered when police stopped individuals for fare-beating.

Kemper believes the operation will be effective at “correcting behavior and keeping the subway system safe and our riders ultimately safe.”

“Let me be clear: Fare evasion enforcement and turnstile presence is a key component to our crime-reduction strategy. We do that every day. Every day of the year. This is not something new. This week we’re stepping it up,” he added.

MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber stated, “We’re thrilled by the commitment to transit safety demonstrated again and again by Mayor (Eric) Adams and the NYPD.”

A recent Post report found an overall drop in subway crime but an uptick in violent attacks that have caused serious injury. There were 373 felony assaults in 2019, and that number jumped to 570 last year.

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Report: U.S. Migrant Population Reaches Largest Share In History

Since Biden took office, the foreign-born population has grown by 4.5 million, which is in itself greater than the populations of 25 states.