Fifteen-Year-Old Migrant Apprehended for Shooting at Police Officers and Tourists in Times Square

Credits: NY Post

A 15-year-old undocumented immigrant, Jesus Alejandro Rivas Figueroa, was apprehended on Friday for multiple violent offenses, including firing shots at a police officer in New York City.

The incident unfolded when Rivas Figueroa, originally from Venezuela, engaged in an attempted shoplifting at a Times Square sporting goods store on Thursday night.

When confronted by a security guard, the teenager opened fire, directing bullets towards the guard before fleeing into the street. A 38-year-old Brazilian tourist at the store sustained a non-life-threatening injury as one of the bullets grazed her leg.

A Migrant (Credits: NY Post)

Having arrived in New York last fall, Rivas Figueroa had been staying at a Manhattan migrant shelter. His arrest sheds light on the larger issue of illegal immigration into the city during the Biden administration, with hundreds of thousands entering via the southern border.

The suspect, who is also a suspect in an armed robbery in the Bronx and another shooting in Times Square last month, was taken into custody in Yonkers. During the pursuit, Rivas Figueroa fired shots at a police officer, prompting a significant police response and a temporary closure of streets around Times Square.

John Chell, the NYPD’s chief of patrol, detailed the chase, noting that the officer refrained from firing in a crowded area, leading the suspect to flee into a subway station. The shooter discarded his jacket during the escape, as captured in news footage.

In response to the surge in illegal immigration, New York City designated a “sanctuary city,” has received over 100,000 migrants since the spring of 2024.

This influx has placed a significant financial burden on the city, with projections estimating an additional $11 billion in costs over the next two years. To offset these expenses, the city proposed a budget that includes cuts to law enforcement, education, and other essential services.

Under the proposed budget, the New York Police Department faces a reduction in the number of officers to levels not seen since the 1980s. Additionally, the budget includes $1 billion in cuts to education, impacting summer school programs and universal kindergarten.

The ongoing challenges associated with managing the influx of migrants underscore the broader impact on city resources, with potential repercussions on law enforcement capabilities, educational initiatives, and various essential services.

The incident involving Rivas Figueroa serves as a focal point for discussions around immigration policies, law enforcement funding, and the financial strain on sanctuary cities.

As debates continue on how best to manage and support the diverse needs of the city’s population, the implications of these events extend beyond the immediate public safety concerns, raising questions about resource allocation and the city’s ability to navigate the complexities of immigration challenges.

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