D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment For Attempted Murder Of Police Officer And Tourist

February 26, 2024

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. today announced the indictment of JESUS RIVAS-FIGUEROA, 15, for shooting a tourist in a Times Square clothing store and then firing his weapon at an NYPD officer who attempted to arrest him. RIVAS-FIGUEROA is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree; two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree; one count of Assault in the Second Degree; and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. [1]

“This shooting occurred in the middle of a crowded Times Square teeming with New Yorkers and tourists. This defendant is charged with allegedly recklessly firing his weapon inside of a store – striking a tourist – and then turning the gun on a police officer who was courageously attempting to place him under arrest. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure full accountability for gun violence,” said District Attorney Bragg. 

According to court documents and statements made on the record, at approximately 7:00 p.m. on February 8, 2024, RIVAS-FIGUEROA and others attempted to steal merchandise from JD Sports in Times Square.

A store employee confronted them and retrieved the clothes they were attempting to take. RIVAS-FIGUEROA then took out a gun and fired it at the employee. The bullet missed the employee but struck a 38-year-old female tourist from Brazil. The victim received emergency medical treatment at Bellevue Hospital for her leg injury. 

Store employees called 911 as RIVAS-FIGUEROA fled the store, and two nearby NYPD officers attempted to take him into custody. RIVAS-FIGUEROA continued to flee and as he was being pursued, he turned around and fired at one of the officers.

RIVAS-FIGUEROA was eventually found 24-hours later hiding at a house in Yonkers.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant D.A. Kathleen Coulson, under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Mark Dahl and Amy Hare (Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 40), Robert Ferrari (Chief of Trial Bureau 40), and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division.)

D.A. Bragg thanked the Midtown South Detective Squad and Police Officer Nicholas Mitchell.

Defendant Information:
New York, New York


  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, two counts
  • Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts