A teenager was stabbed in New York state on Jan. 9 by MS-13 members who were previously apprehended by authorities but ordered released by a federal judge.
In the latest crime that appears to be committed by illegal aliens, the 16-year-old was stabbed by the trio of gang members behind a Burger King on Long Island.
The teen told police that he was at the restaurant when six of his classmates from Huntington High School entered and began glaring at him.
The victim and his friend left but three of the gang members followed them. The trio was armed with bats and knives.
The three gang members fled the scene but were soon caught by the police.
"By all accounts, he's a gentle and unassuming young man who's not a MS-13 member," Bassett said. "He's an innocent young man. We're going to fight these charges vigorously."
The two other suspects were identified as Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, and Oscar Canales Molina, 17. They both entered the country illegally as well. Monila was apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security in July 2017 but also ordered released by a federal judge several months later.
They were all charged with second-degree assault and face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
All three were in the Suffolk County's database of likely gang members. "While it's not clear what the fight was about, it is clear that the defendants are all members of the MS-13 gang," Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said.
MS-13The motto of MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is “kill, rape, control.” Members, most of whom are illegal aliens, are known for their brazen violence, including beheadings.
“This barbaric reputation greatly aids the gang in its collection of street taxes from local merchants and helps it to protect its turf and drug trade against opposing gangs who are afraid to face the ‘street terrorism’ it can wage against them.”
MS-13 bolsters its ranks through recruitment in schools, often of youth coming into the United States from Central America as unaccompanied minors.
“What we’re seeing is that MS, by and large, is using the schools as recruitment centers,” Fitzhugh said. “The fear of not joining the gang is so significant that kids feel compelled, that they have no other option but to join the gang. And so obviously this is a win-win for MS, because this environment is there, and a lot of these kids are vulnerable.”
Trump Tries Addressing Illegal ImmigrationThe stabbing in New York took place just days after President Donald Trump, in his first address to the nation as president, urged people to support the proposed border wall to crack down on illegal immigration.
"In California, an Air Force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl."
The president said he's met with dozens of families whose loved ones were killed by people in the country illegally.
"I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad. So terrible. I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls. How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" he said.
“No family should suffer the loss of a child. A parent should not have to bury their child,” said Marie Vega, whose son, Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr, was shot when he tried to stop an illegal alien from stealing the family’s vehicle. “We need the wall—but not just the wall. There’s other things we need to do also.”
MS-13 on Long IslandThe stabbing by alleged MS-13 members comes less than two weeks after officials in Suffolk County, ground zero for the gang on Long Island, said that a crackdown on the gang led to record-low gang-related crimes.
The Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) formed a gang task force in response to an increase in gang activity. That, and the partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, has contributed to the falling crime rate in Long Island, said SCPD Commissioner Geraldine Hart.
Of those arrests, 274 were MS-13 members or affiliates. Two hundred and ten arrests were made in Nassau County and 177 in Suffolk County.
In 2017, police reported that 14 killings were connected to MS-13 in Long Island, according to Newsday. The gang is infamous for its brutal crimes including executions, machete attacks, hacking victims to death, and human trafficking.