According to the New York Post, two migrants identified as Cleyber Andrade, 19 and Juan Uzcatgui, 23, were arrested on Friday after they allegedly went on a crime spree that saw them stealing wallets and cell phones from at least 62 women across New York City.
Breitbart News reports that one of the most terrifying robberies committed by members of the gang took place three days after Christmas when one of the suspects dragged an elderly woman, identified as Irina Panteleeva, down the street. The terrifying video released by the New York Police Department shows the innocent woman flying into a metal bike rack.
According to the NYPD, the suspects were arrested by the police in a safe house in the city after executing a search warrant. The suspects allegedly stole iPhones intending to use the Apple Pay feature and the owners’ credit cards to purchase items. Once they emptied the accounts, the phones were shipped to Miami or Colombia for reprogramming.
New York Post reports that the police have connected other suspects to the group. They include Yan Jimenez, 25, of Manhattan; Anthony Ramos, 21, of Manhattan; Richard Saledo, 21, of the Bronx; Beike Jimenez, 21, of the Bronx; Maria Manaura, 32, of Manhattan and Samuel Castro, 27, of Queens. Police are still on the hunt for the ringleader, Victor Parra, who was not home when the search warrant was executed.
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The outlet also reports that all suspects have previous grand larceny arrests for criminal activity but were freed without bail before their court dates.
NYPD Assistant Commissioner Kaz Daughtry expressed his concern over the incident.
“Most migrants come to NYC in search of a better life. Sadly, some come to commit crime,” Daughtry said. “Today, we made tremendous progress in the largest robbery pattern plaguing our city. Our message is simple, commit a crime in our city and we will find you and bring you to justice.”
Mayor Eric Adams also expressed his concerns over the incident at a press conference with the police.
“This isn’t about the migrants and asylum-seekers,” Adams said. “This is about those who break the law. It doesn’t matter where you are from and where you came from.”