Did Elon Musk Wrongly Implicate NYC Migrant In Police Assault?!

Did Elon Musk wrongly suggest NYC migrant Jhoan Boada was set free and given a free ticket to California, after beating up police officers in Times Square?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : NYC Migrant Jhoan Boada Freed After Beating Police!

In a viral post on X (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk appeared to suggest that NYC migrant Jhoan Boada was set free and given a free ticket to California, after beating up police officers in Times Square!

Elon Musk : Illegals beat up American police officers in Times Square, got out of jail for free and, instead of being deported, were given free tickets to California …


While the post did not mention the illegals he was referring to, Elon Musk attached a photo of NYC migrant Jhoan Boada showing his infamous middle finger salute as President Joe Biden awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Truth : NYC Migrant Jhoan Boada Was Exonerated Of All Charges!

Let’s take a closer look at Elon Musk’s post and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : NYC Migrant Jhoan Boada Was Exonerated Of All Charges!

Let me start by pointing out that the NYC migrant in photo that Elon Musk posted, Jhoan Boada, was exonerated of all charges in connection with the Times Square brawl involving a group of migrants and NYPD police officers.

On Saturday, 27 January 2024, two officers and a lieutenant from the NYPD Midtown South Precinct approached a group of men outside a migrant shelter on West 42nd Street at around 8:30 PM. When they tried to arrest one of the men, several other migrants attacked them.

Surveillance video recorded several migrants kicking and punching the NYPD officers, while trying to pry them off a man the police had taken to the ground. Seven migrants were charged for their alleged roles in that fight.

Jhoan Boada, a native of Venezuela, was one of those who were arrested and charged for his alleged participation in the brawl. When Boada infamously showed bystanders the middle fingers after leaving his arraignment in court, he would become the face of the mostly right-wing outrage over the incident.

However, just over a month later – on 2 March 2024, the Manhattan District Attorney dropped all charges against Jhoan Boada, calling it a case of mistaken identity. As Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg announced:

Our investigation has revealed that Marcelino Estee, not Jhoan Boada, is the individual described in this complaint, wearing the black & white jacket with pink shoes, committing this assault.

We are therefore moving to dismiss this complaint against Jhoan Boada.

To be clear, Jhoan Boada – the infamous NYC migrant who flipped the bird and made right-wing conservatives so outraged, is completely innocent of the crime. He was not involved in the Times Square brawl with NYPD officers.

Fact #2 : Jhoan Boada Photo Was Edited

Just in case you are wondering, the viral photo of Jhoan Boada showing his two middle fingers while receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden isn’t genuine. It was photoshopped.

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Fact #3 : Jhoan Boada Was Not Given Free Ticket To California

There is no evidence that Jhoan Boada was given any free ticket to flee to California, after being set free.

There is also no reason for Jhoan Boada to flee to California because… he was exonerated of all charges!

No one, not even Elon Musk, provided any evidence that Jhoan Boada was given a free ticket to California.

Fact #4 : No NYC Migrant Suspect Received Free Tickets To California

The claim that those NYC migrant suspects were given free tickets to California also appears to be false.

On 1 February 2024, a New York City official told CNN that four of the suspects who were arrested and subsequently released were given bus tickets by a faith-based charity, and were en-route to Calexico, California.

However, the same senior law enforcement official backtracked two weeks later, stating that the New York City police no longer believed that the four men actually fled on a bus to California.

When police in Calexico visited an address provided by the charity, no one could identify the suspects. One of the suspects was later arrested in New York City on separate robbery charges. That led the police to believe that the tip was yet another “misidentification”.

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