Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of TREVOR BICKFORD, 19, for attacking three New York City Police Officers on New Year’s Eve. BICKFORD is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Attempted Murder in the First Degree in Furtherance of an Act of Terrorism, Attempted Murder in the First Degree and numerous assault and attempted assault charges.
“Trevor Bickford allegedly carried out planned attacks on three members of the NYPD in Times Square on New Year’s Eve as they did their duty to protect our city. These brave officers were serving on the frontlines so New Yorkers and visitors celebrating the new year could stay safe,” said District Attorney Bragg. “The charges contained in the indictment demonstrate just how seriously we are treating this incident. I am grateful to the NYPD and proud of our partnership and collaboration with local and federal law enforcement, which is essential for thoroughly investigating and bringing the appropriate charges in these types of cases. My thoughts are with the courageous officers as they continue to recover and heal.”
According to the indictment and documents filed in court, at around 10:10 p.m. BICKFORD walked up to a 23-year-old NYPD officer at the corner of 52nd Street and Eighth Avenue and struck him over the head from behind with a large knife. The impact of the knife fractured the officer’s skull and required stitches internally and externally.
After striking the first officer, BICKFORD approached two other officers, ages 27 and 33, and struck them each on the head with the knife. All three officers were injured and taken to the Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
As alleged in the indictment and court documents, BICKFORD intended to carry out jihad and specifically targeted a uniformed police officer because he was a man in a uniform with a weapon. Six of the indicted charges are specifically for “crimes of terrorism,” which provides for enhanced charges and penalties for specific crimes committed with a terroristic intent.
Assistant District Attorneys Shanda Strain (Senior Trial Counsel) and Lucy Nicholas are handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Erin Tierney (Chief of the Trial Bureau 30) and Executive Assistant District Attorney Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Trial Preparation Assistant Kevin Ferrari and Analyst Ryan Strick are assisting with the prosecution. The Counter Terrorism Program is also providing valuable support.
District Attorney Bragg thanked the New York City Police Department and the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force.
- Attempted Murder in the First Degree in Furtherance of an Act of Terrorism, a class A-I felony, 3 counts
- Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 3 counts
- Assault in the First Degree as a Crime of Terrorism, a class A felony, 1 count
- Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
- Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer as a Crime of Terrorism, a class A felony, 1 count
- Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, a class B felony, 1 count
- Attempted Assault in the First Degree as a Crime of Terrorism, a class B felony, 2 counts
- Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, 2 counts
- Attempted Aggravated Assault upon a Police Officer as a Crime of Terrorism, a class B felony, 2 counts
- Attempted Aggravated Assault upon a Police Officer, a class C felony, 2 counts.
 The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court