A young migrant woman, Baibaia Rodriguez, was released without bail after being arrested last week for allegedly slapping an NYPD cop in front of a Manhattan migrant shelter. Rodriguez, 20, was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, attempted assault in the third degree, and disorderly conduct for the scuffle that took place outside the Stratford Arms Hotel shelter on the Upper West Side. The charges were not bail eligible, so she was released on her own recognizance.
This was not Rodriguez's first encounter with the law. In July, she was arrested for felony assault after allegedly attacking her boyfriend in a Bronx apartment. The recent incident occurred when Rodriguez and several others clashed with police officers who were attempting to confiscate unregistered scooters near the migrant housing on West 71st Street and Broadway.
According to Lieutenant Stephen Schoefer, of the NYPD, Rodriguez struck his right shoulder from behind. When another officer tried to arrest her, Rodriguez resisted and refused to comply, making her body stiff. Video footage of the confrontation captured an officer warning the crowd to "get back" and threatening to arrest a man.
Rodriguez is believed to have been residing at the Stratford Arms Hotel at the time of the incident. The police seized four mopeds, a motorcycle, and a scooter, along with nine bicycles that were illegally chained to a pole.
This arrest has further fueled the controversy surrounding New York City's migrant crisis. Some residents living near shelters, including the Stratford Arms and the Roosevelt Hotel, have complained about the disturbance caused by the influx of migrants. Joe Germanotta, the father of pop singer Lady Gaga, has been leading this opposition, alleging that the new residents have brought trash, drugs, and public disturbances to the area.
Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court on October 19. The scooter crackdown was a response to community complaints, according to authorities. The NYPD's confiscation efforts resulted in the seizure of several vehicles and bicycles that were allegedly being used illegally.
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