Migrant teen charged as an adult over chaotic Times Square shooting that injured tourist



A 15-year-old migrant was charged as an adult with attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun at a security guard and NYPD cops in Times Square and injuring a tourist in the process.

Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court Saturday as he was set to be arraigned in the suspected robbery gone wrong, authorities said.

The teen was charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault, attempted assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, cops said. 

Rivas-Figueroa, who was ushered to court by two detectives, wore the same dark T-shirt and jeans he was photographed in during his arrest walking into court with a scowl on his face and his hands cuffed behind his back.

He shook his head no when asked if he spoke English, and refused to answer when a Post reporter called his name and asked, “Porque?” or “why?”

The US Marshals Joint Regional Fugitive Task Force and the NYPD collared the “armed and dangerous” Venezuelan teen in Yonkers on Friday.

The teen wept as he was taken into custody at around 3:30 p.m. Friday at what sources said was the home of a relative on Saratoga Avenue.

The Joint Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, 15, in Yonkers on Friday. Obtained by NY Post
The 15-year-old alleged Times Square shooter is seen crying when he was arrested by the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force in Yonkers. Obtained by NY Post

The arrest came moments after NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell, during a news conference, had identified Rivas-Figueroa as a person of interest in the shooting.

The teen arrived in September and had been staying at a temporary shelter at the Stratford Hotel on West 70th Street.

He is also a suspect in a Jan. 25 incident in Midtown in which shots were fired at a park on 45th Street, and a Jan. 27 gunpoint robbery in the Bronx, police said.

Authorities took the Venezuelan teen into custody in Yonkers at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to police sources.

Police said Rivas-Figueroa and two other teens — all migrants who attended school together — were trying to shoplift from JD Sports, a sports-fashion retail store, on West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue at around 7 p.m. Thursday when they were stopped by a security guard.

Rivas-Figueroa allegedly pulled out a “very large” .45-caliber handgun and fired at the guard and “into a crowd,” Chell said.

Here’s the latest on the Times Square shooting

  • A tourist was shot in the leg at a retail store in Times Square on Thursday night by a shoplifter. The shoplifter then opened fire at an NYPD officer in Midtown, according to police.
  • NYPD has identified Jesus Lejenadro Rivas-Figueroa, 15, as a person of interest in connection to the Thursday night shooting, Chief of Patrol John Chell said.
  • The NYPD has offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the suspect.
  • A security guard at JD Sports at West 42 Street and Broadway approached a group of young males to stop them from stealing when one pulled out a gun, fired it in her direction and missed, hitting the nearby tourist.
  • Sources said Friday that a 15-year-old and a third person were taken into custody and later released.
  • Jesus Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, a 15-year-old Venezuelan teen migrant identified as the shooting suspect by NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell, was taken into custody around 3:30 p.m. Friday at a home in Yonkers.

While the guard wasn’t hit, Brazilian tourist, 38-year-old Tatiele Riberio, who was in line waiting to buy sneakers and texting her husband, was struck in the leg and dragged herself to the back of the store as pandemonium ensued.

The gunman and another 15-year-old boy bolted, with Rivas-Figueroa allegedly opening fire on a cop as he ran away toward West 46th Street, Chell said.

Officers with the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force appear to try to talk to the teen as they arrest him. Obtained by NY Post

Video footage allegedly shows Rivas-Figueroa, who was in an all-white outfit, and the other teen bolting from the store, Chell said.

Cops patrolling the area began chasing them, with one of the officers snatching the unidentified teen and the other continuing to run after the gunman.

“He turns once, he fires towards our officer,” Chell told reporters of Rivas-Figueroa. “Our officer takes his gun out and he cannot return fire, there are too many people in his way.

“Our suspect goes through the cut between the buildings. He’s running, he takes his gun out and under his armpit, he fires again at our officer,” Chell continued, as he demonstrated how the shooter reached behind his back with the gun.

“If you think you (can) attack a member of this department, if you think you could threaten the lives of the very people who keep us safe, if you think you could put others at deadly risk and get away with it, then think again,” Police Commissioner Edward Caban said. Tomas E. Gaston

MTA video footage then showed the suspect bolting into the 47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center station at Sixth Avenue, where he went on the tracks before emerging and escaping onto the street, Chell said.

The innocent shopper who was shot got 13 stitches in her leg at Bellevue Hospital and was released. She was expected to head home to Brazil on Saturday.




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