The police in this city, along with Yonkers, arrested this weekend the minor Jesús Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, 15 years old and of Venezuelan nationality, with a 45-caliber pistol and accused him of shooting an agent and injuring a Brazilian tourist during an attempted robbery at the JD Sporting Goods store, located at 42nd Street and Broadway, between Times Square and Manhattan.
Along with the young gunman were two other young men, 16 years old, who were also arrested. Police are offering $13,500 in rewards for information leading to the arrest of Rivas Figueroa and his accomplices.
When he was arrested, he cried, while his mother also cried uncontrollably to see him taken away in handcuffs.
Last Thursday, three men tried to rob the store, but the shooting happened, causing the robbery to stop and causing hundreds of people in the surrounding area to panic. away from the place.
The uniformed officer showed that Rivas Figueroa, like his companions, had lived in a shelter for migrants placed in a hotel on 70th Street in Manhattan since they arrived in the US in September.
The gunman is a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on January 27 in the Bronx, the law enforcement agency determined.
The minor faces several charges, including attempted murder for shooting the police officer who was chasing him, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.
About 15 days ago, a group of young Venezuelans brutally attacked the two police officers, who ordered him to clear the group in front of 220 W. 42nd Street, near Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan.
More than 173,900 immigrants have arrived in the city since spring 2022, a majority of Venezuelan origin.