15-Year-Old Suspect Arrested in Times Square Shooting; Teen Linked to Other Crimes

February 10, 2024 - Reading time: 2 minutes

NEW YORK -- A teenager was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting which wounded a tourist in New York City's Times Square Thursday night.

It was a manhunt for most of the day before U.S. Marshals found the 15-year-old at a home on Saratoga Avenue in Yonkers. CBS New York is not naming the suspect because he is a juvenile. The New York City Police Department reports that teen suspect was with his mother in Yonkers when he was captured, and was crying as he was taken into custody. He was still being questioned by investigators

Friday night, but police say he will likely be charged as a juvenile. He's expected to be charged with attempted murder. The suspect arrived in New York from Venezuela less than six months ago and was living at a migrant shelter on the Upper West Side, police said. A police source told CBS New York that he is also a suspect in a January armed robbery in the Bronx, as well as another shooting in Midtown in which no one was hurt. Investigators could still be seen inside the Yonkers home where he was arrested late Friday night.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban said, "If you think you can threaten the lives of the very people who keep us safe, if you think you can put others at deadly risk and get away with it, then think again. We will never stop pursuing you. We will find you, and we will arrest you." Shocking surveillance video showed the moment a shooter, dressed all in white, opened fire on a female security guard inside of JD Sports in Times Square Thursday night. "The shooting incident in Times Square last night was way beyond reckless," Caban said.

According to police, the gunman and two friends stole clothes and sneakers and were trying to exit the store when a security guard confronted them. The teen in white can be seen on video walking away, and then turning around, pointing a .45 caliber pistol, and firing. "The girl who got shot was between us two.

We heard a big bang and then realized what happened," tourist Lone Hansen said. Officials said the bullet missed the guard, but hit a tourist from Brazil in the leg, barely missing Hansen and her son, who are visiting from Denmark. "I just heard the gunshots and then everybody run," Albert Hansen said. Watch: NYPD provides update on Times Square shooting arrest Police said the mayhem spilled onto the streets of Times Square, forcing people to run

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