Two NYPD Officers Shot in Queens by 19-Year-Old Venezuelan Illegal Alien Staying in Taxpayer-Funded Luxury Hotel

by J Pelkey
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Two NYPD officers were shot in Queens by an illegal alien from Venezuela.

Officers Richard Yarusso and Christopher Abreu, both 26 years old, were shot while investigating a string of robberies in Queens.

CBS News reports:

 Two NYPD officers were shot overnight in East Elmhurst, Queens while investigating a robbery pattern involving suspects on scooters, police say. Police said the officers returned fire and shot the suspect in the ankle. Both of the officers and the suspect were hospitalized in stable condition.

Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Edward Caban spoke with the injured officers and their families early Monday at Elmhurst Hospital. The mayor held up a police vest with a bullet hole, saying it saved one officer’s life. He called the shooting a “senseless act of violence” and a “total disregard for life.”

“They observe a male suspect drive a moped the wrong way on 82nd Street near 23rd Avenue and attempted to pull him over. The suspect then fled on foot, and our officers began a foot pursuit, which led for several blocks,” Caban explained. “During the pursuit, the suspect fired multiple rounds at our officers, who then returned fire.”

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“We visited the officers and their families a few moments ago, they’re in good spirits, and the NYPD stands at the ready to assist them in the full recovery,” said Caban.

It has since been revealed that the individual responsible is Bernardo Castro Mata, a 19-year-old illegal alien from Venezuela who was allowed to enter the country illegally in 2023 by the Biden regime.


According to the New York Post, Mata has been staying at the migrant shelter located in the former Courtyard Marriott Hotel, which typically costs non-illegals around $250 a night.

Since Joe Biden moved into the White House in 2021, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have entered the country, with many finding their way to New York City and other Democrat-led urban areas. Mayor Adams has frequently voiced concerns about this influx, warning that the crisis will destroy New York City. However, he has refrained from directly urging the Biden regime to enhance border security measures.

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