New York City is expanding a curfew at migrant shelters to more than a dozen locations on Monday following a series of recent violent incidents involving police and migrants in Times Square.
The 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew — initially implemented at four shelters — will now be in effect at 20 more, affecting about 3,600 migrants, according to Kayla Mamelak, a spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Adams’ administration .
One of the shelters in Long Island City, Queens, houses nearly 1,000 migrants, and curfews began last month in response to neighborhood complaints, the Associated Press reported.
“New York City continues to lead the nation in addressing this national humanitarian crisis, and that means prioritizing the health and safety of the asylum seekers in our care and the New Yorkers who live in the communities surrounding the emergency shelters we operate,” Mamelak said in a statement to the AP.
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She added that such nighttime curfews are already in place at New York City’s homeless shelters and will allow for more “effective capacity management” of migrants in the city’s care.
The curfew announcement comes after a 15-year-old armed migrant was arrested for allegedly shooting a tourist and shooting at police in Times Square on Thursday.
New York police said the teenager – who arrived in New York from Venezuela less than six months ago and is living in a migrant shelter on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – will be charged as a adult, including two counts of attempted murder, assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
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Police said the teen was captured on security video opening fire at a sporting goods store in Times Square after a security guard stopped him with stolen merchandise.
The shot missed the security guard but hit a Brazilian tourist in the leg. The migrant teenager then allegedly shot at least twice at a responding police officer, New York police added.
Migrants were also seen in a viral video from January stomping and kicking two police officers in Times Square.
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The New York Police Department said last week that two people involved in the incident remained at large.
Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, CB Cotton, Michael Dorgan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.