Queens, New York - A mob surrounded Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents on Tuesday in an attempt to stop them from arresting an illegal immigrant.
According to NBC New York, the incident occurred about 10 AM near the intersections of 101st Street and 112th Street.
Hardat Sampat, 35, an undocumented Guyanese national, was a passenger in a car being driven by his wife. They were en route to Queens Criminal Court for his scheduled appearance on a burglary charge.
ICE Enforcement and Removal Officers tried to box the vehicle in so they could take Hardat Sampat into custody. People began gathering in protest, and it became impossible for ICE to take Sampat into custody.
The ICE agents asked the NYPD for help, and several police officers responded, according to Pix 11.
Sampat's wife initially refused to move her car, but police eventually persuaded her to do so. Once she did, ICE agents were able to take Sampat into custody for processing.
No one was injured.
The incident prompted outrage against NYPD on social media for offering "security" for the ICE agents.
In a statement, ICE said:
"On Tuesday, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested Hardat Sampat, a Guyanese national, without incident after conducting a targeted vehicle stop on a one-way street. Sampat was a passenger in the vehicle. He had previously been released from the custody of the New York Department of Corrections with an active detainer in place. He has multiple pending charges with Queens County Criminal Court."
"After Sampat was arrested, ERO officers contacted the New York Police Department (NYPD) for assistance departing the location, as the vehicle the subject was in was blocking traffic (as advised by family members on the street) on the one-way street. The responding NYPD officers instructed the driver to move the vehicle, to which she complied. ERO officers then departed the scene without further issue."