Migrant teen accused in Times Square shooting denied bail

Mocobizscene-   A migrant teen boy, who attempted to escape the area following a shooting in Times Square that resulted in one person being injured, was ordered by a judge in New York City to be held without bail on Saturday.

Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, aged 15, was apprehended on Friday by the police in Yonkers. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office revealed that Rivas-Figueroa and his family were attempting to flee from investigators at the time of his arrest.

According to prosecutors, after the teen’s arraignment hearing on Saturday, he and his mother wasted no time in fleeing. They quickly returned home and immediately began packing up all their belongings. By 6 a.m. the following morning, they had completely vacated their home and left the city.

The district attorney’s office has requested that the teenager be held without bail due to his recent entry into the country and his “significant ties” outside of the United States.

According to the police, the young boy who attempted to escape is a Venezuelan national and arrived in the country in September. Before his escape, he was residing at a temporary shelter in Manhattan.

Mr. Rivas-Figueroa faced charges of attempted murder as an adult in relation to the shooting on Thursday night. The incident began when he was stopped by the police for shoplifting at a sporting goods store.

According to police, a security guard approached the teenager and two other boys after they were caught stealing merchandise. In response, Mr. Rivas-Figueroa opened fire inside the store.

During the incident, a 38-year-old Brazilian woman sustained a leg injury. According to police reports, the individuals involved in the incident quickly escaped into the nearby streets, with Mr. Rivas-Figueroa even resorting to firing shots at the pursuing officers.

The authorities have identified the teenager as a suspect in a shooting incident in Midtown and an armed robbery in the Bronx, both of which occurred towards the end of last month.

Last week, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office faced severe criticism for releasing five migrants who had been charged with assaulting two police officers in Times Square. In a similar vein, the recent detention of a teenager without bail further highlights the complexities of the criminal justice system.

According to various reports, law enforcement officials have stated that the migrants have now left the New York City area.

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