Migrant who flipped the bird after being released from jail has been ‘exonerated’

Another turn in the Times Square assault of NYPD officers saw the bird-flipping Venezuelan national “exonerated” Friday.

Illegal alien lawlessness in the Big Apple and beyond has continued to make headlines as the southern border crisis remained a focal point of legislative deal-making and the 2024 elections. Now, after a late January melee in the heart of midtown Manhattan saw cops mobbed by taxpayer-subsidized foreign nationals, one of the alleged was cleared of all charges.

“After a thorough and diligent investigation, Jhoan Boada has been exonerated as a participant in this assault,” a statement from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office detailed Friday of the 22-year-old alien.

Boada, who had been arrested as a fifth suspect and charged with attempted assault after four other suspects had been arrested and released without bail despite their own charges, later became a face of the leftist response to the crisis when he too was released without bail and presented both his middle fingers to the media.

In dropping the charges against the 22-year-old, the DA office announced another arrest had been made. The new suspect, Venezuelan national Marcelino Estee, had admitted he was the man originally singled out as Boada in surveillance video.

“Our investigation has revealed that Marcelino Estee, not Jhoan Boada, is the individual described in this complaint, wearing the black & white jacket with pink shoes, committing this assault,” the statement explained. “Marcelino Estee has been charged for his participation. We are therefore moving to dismiss this complaint against Jhoan Boada.”

Estee had been arrested Thursday when police recognized him from a wanted poster. The suspect had initially denied his involvement in the Jan. 27 incident.

In court Friday, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Zachary Kotin said, “However, after being presented with the video surveillance footage, and still images from the footage, the defendant admitted that he is the individual dressed as described above, and that he kicked the officers multiple times during the course of the assault.”

Meanwhile, the recent murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley suspected to have been at the hands of another illegal alien drew added focus to the policies of sanctuary cities which have ignored immigration detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) thus preventing numerous foreign nationals accused of committing crimes from being deported before further acts were allegedly committed.

Former President Donald Trump spoke to the tragedy of Riley’s murder during his border visit this week and said, “The monster in the death is an illegal migrant who was let into our country and released into our community by Crooked Joe Biden.”

“[President] Joe Biden will never say Laken Riley’s name,” added Trump. “But we will say it, and we will remember it. We’re not going to forget her.”

Bail for Estee was set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Kevin Haggerty

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