NEW YORK, February 6, 2024 Yohenry Brito appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon, following his arrest last week in the attack on two members of the NYPD in Times Square, a press release from MSNBC reported.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Brito, a 24-year-old migrant, instigated the attack, adding that he was the man seen on surveillance wearing a yellow jacket allegedly fighting with officers when they tried to arrest him on January 27.
He was indicted by a grand jury on charges that remain under seal and will be indicted in March.
“I have no comment at this time. He is pleading not guilty,” said defense attorney Mark Jankowitz.
Asked if he meant he was denying his client assaulted the officer, the lawyer said, “He just meant he was pleading not guilty.”
Of the 13 people believed to be involved, Brito is the only suspect detained at Rikers Island. Last week, the district attorney did not seek bail for five other suspects charged in the case, and law enforcement sources said some may have boarded the bus to the Mexican border. Gov. said. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday morning that she was upset.
“It was an abominable act, and I have a great deal of disagreement with anyone who thinks he should be released,” Hochul said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We believe many of them were busted. They were released because no bail was posted. I’m working hard to change the bail laws in New York State. Those crimes deserve bail.”
Bragg said he did not apply for bail because it was unclear each suspect’s exact role in the attack and, legally, there was a short period of time to prove it if someone was detained. .
However, some New York State Republicans aren’t buying it. They wrote a letter to the governor on Tuesday saying, “The public safety of New Yorkers is clearly at risk. We urgently ask that you exercise your powers under the state constitution and the Public Servants Act to remove District Attorney Alvin Bragg from office.”.