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The police don’t think anymore that the four people they suspect of attacking NYPD officers ran away to California on a bus, as per a source

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According to a high-ranking official in law enforcement speaking to CNN, the New York City police have changed their stance regarding four individuals previously arrested and later released in connection with an attack on NYPD officers in Times Square. Initially, it was reported on February 1 that these four suspects, involved in assaulting two NYPD officers in January, were given bus tickets to Calexico, California, by a charity organization.

However, the situation took a turn when a tipster informed city officials that they recognized the suspects from TV and claimed they were provided with bus tickets by the same charity. After further investigation, including an interview with the tipster who identified the suspects from photos, the NYPD sought assistance from Calexico police. However, when Calexico police visited the provided address, they found no one matching the suspects’ descriptions.

Subsequently, one of the suspects, believed to have fled, was apprehended in New York City on robbery charges. This arrest, coupled with inquiries in Calexico, led authorities to conclude that the initial tip was a case of mistaken identity.

The incident in January unfolded when officers intervened in a disturbance near a migrant shelter close to Times Square. During the attempt to detain an individual, several unidentified assailants attacked the officers, causing minor injuries, before fleeing the scene.

This incident occurs amidst a surge in migrants and asylum-seekers arriving at the US-Mexico border, with many making their way to major cities either independently or via chartered buses from Texas. New York City has seen a significant influx, with approximately 67,000 migrants currently under city care out of more than 173,900 who have arrived since spring 2022, according to a City Hall spokesperson cited by CNN.

Contributions to this report were made by CNN journalists Chimaine Pouteau and Rebekah Riess, with updates incorporating additional details.

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