A migrant was arrested after she punched an NYPD officer who was trying to confiscate her unregistered motorcycle outside a Manhattan asylum seekers’ shelter earlier this week.
The arrest came as several people were filmed on camera arguing with police officers as they walked Thursday on West 71st Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side, just steps from the Stratford Arms Hotel, which is known as Refugee shelter is used, attempted to carry out a raid with scooters. according to the police.
“Get back!, Come back,” a police officer can be heard in the clip warning the crowd before leading a young man off his bike onto the sidewalk and warning, “Bro, you’re going to be arrested.”
According to police, Baibaia Rodriguez, 20, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and harassment after she “hit an officer with her open hand” around 10:30 p.m.
She was also arrested in July for assault in connection with an attack on her boyfriend at a Bronx apartment and is currently being held at the Stratford Arms, police said.
The incident and the arrest were first reported from West Side Rag.
Some Stratford Arms neighbors, led by Joe Germanotta, father of pop singer Lady Gaga, have expressed concern to city officials about the new residents, claiming residents have inundated the area with garbage, drugs and public disorder.
“The worst is at night. The noise. It starts around 10am and lasts until 4am. They play music and race through the streets with their motocross and motorbike riders,” Germanotta, 66, told the Post last month.
According to the police, the raid on motor scooters took place on Thursday after “complaints from the community”.
The NYPD seized four mopeds, a motorcycle and a scooter, and nine bicycles that the NYPD said were illegally “chained to a pole,” West Side Rag reported.