Violence, Violence And More Violence: Gang Attack ROCKS NY Migrant Camp

By Tommy Wilson | Wednesday, 10 April 2024 01:00 AM
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In the early hours of Monday, a violent altercation erupted at the Randall's Island migrant shelter, resulting in the arrest of five men, according to the New York Police Department.

The suspects, all believed to be residents of the expansive tent city, were charged with assault following an alleged gang attack on a 24-year-old man.

The victim was reportedly set upon while eating on his bunk at approximately 1:45 a.m. The alleged assailants, identified as Howard Ochoa Olivero, 27, Jose Manuel Maza, 29, Jose Squera, 20, Xavier Pacheco, 32, and Carlos Maiz Betancourt, 23, were all charged with third-degree assault. Law enforcement sources also suggested that a security guard at the facility may have been injured during the melee.

This incident is the latest in a series of violent episodes at migrant shelters across New York City's five boroughs. Notably, a fatal stabbing occurred at the same Randall's Island site on January 6, following a dispute over a woman.

In addition, authorities are currently searching for a migrant who allegedly stabbed another asylum seeker during a confrontation outside a Hell's Kitchen hotel over the weekend. The victim, also a migrant residing at the converted Walton Hotel, is reportedly in stable condition.


Last week, federal agents raided a Bronx residence where a group of armed migrants, including members of the notorious Tren de Aragua gang, were allegedly squatting and causing havoc in the local community.


On January 27, a group of migrants, including alleged members of the Tren de Aragua gang, reportedly attacked two NYPD officers in Times Square, resulting in multiple arrests.

City Hall reports that since the spring of 2022, over 185,000 migrants have arrived in New York City after crossing the US-Mexico border. Currently, nearly 65,000 of these individuals remain under city care, housed in a variety of converted hotels, makeshift shelters, and repurposed buildings, including churches and closed schools, throughout the five boroughs.