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Seven indicted in Times Square assault of police officers

With New York City Mayor Eric Adams (L) looking on, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks to the press during a conference held Thursday to announce the unsealing of an indictment that charges seven people for the beating of two police officers in Times Square late last month. Photo courtesy of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg/X
With New York City Mayor Eric Adams (L) looking on, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks to the press during a conference held Thursday to announce the unsealing of an indictment that charges seven people for the beating of two police officers in Times Square late last month. Photo courtesy of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg/X

Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Seven people have been indicted by a grand jury on felony and misdemeanor charges over last month's beating of two New York City police officers, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said as he condemned the Times Square assault.

The New York State Supreme Court indictment names five of the seven defendants as charges against two of them remained sealed.

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Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, Kelvin Servita Arocha, Yorman Reveron and Yohenry Brito have each been charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree obstructing government administration.

Wilson Juarez and Brito have each also been charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence, while Juarez faces an additional two counts of third-degree hindering prosecution and Brito has been charged with one count.

"Based on our thorough investigation I stand here today confident that we have identified the roles of every person who broke the law and participated in this heinous attack," Bragg told reporters Thursday during a press conference alongside New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

The attack occurred on Jan. 27 at about 8:35 p.m. when two NYPD officers, identified as Lt. Ben Kurian and officer Zunxu Tian, approached a group of people on 220 West 42nd Street and informed them to move along.

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While some obeyed, others did not. The statement of facts on the case states Kurian grabbed Brito and moved him from the center of the sidewalk to the facade of a nearby building. As this happened, Brito allegedly attempted to escape, pushing the detaining officer back into the sidewalk.

Kurian and Tian each grabbed Brito by his clothing as he struggled to get away, which caused the three of them to fall to the ground.

"Throughout the struggle, others from the group interfered with the officers -- for example, by pulling, grabbing or kicking the officers -- and ultimately prevented the offices from gaining control over Brito," the statement of facts states.

"Brito, then wearing no jacket or shirt, escaped the officer and fled carrying his yellow jacket."

The majority of those involved were arrested later that same evening while Brito was arrested Jan. 31.

The authorities said that on top of the two people under seal, three others who were involved in the incident have yet to be identified, and Bragg said one purpose of the press conference was to encourage members of the public to aid in locating them.

"This assault, as it did to many of you, sickened me and outraged me," Bragg said. "We all rely on members of the NYPD every day, as I said, to keep us safe and keep this the safest big city in America. As a lifelong New Yorker, I do not tolerate attacks on our police officers and certainly, I do not as Manhattan district attorney."

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