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MS-13 Members Charged in Three Murders, Attempted Murder in Queens: Feds

Marlon Saracay-Lopez displaying an MS-13 tattoo; Ismael Santos-Novoa displaying an MS-13 gang sign with a firearm in his waistband; Juan Amaya-Ramirez displaying a firearm and a machete; Tito Martinez-Alvarenga displaying an MS-13 gang sign; Juan Amaya-Ramirez displaying an MS-13 gang sign; Photos courtesy of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

May 14, 2020 By Christian Murray

Ten MS-13 members have been charged with a slew of violent crimes ranging from murder to firearms offences, according to federal investigators.

The men, nine from Queens and one from California, are allegedly responsible for three murders that took place in the borough, an attempted murder, fire arms offences and a federal racketeering charge. The complaints were unsealed today in Brooklyn federal court.

“The murders and crimes of violence allegedly committed by these defendants are trademark MS-13 offenses—cold-blooded, senseless and brutally violent—and pose a grave danger to the residents of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement.

The first murder took place in Kissena Park on April 23, 2018 when Juan Amaya-Ramirez allegedly killed 17-year-old Andy Peralta after he mistakenly believed the victim was a member of the Latin Kings gang. Amaya-Ramirez, along with two other MS-13 members, allegedly beat, stabbed and strangled Peralta to death.

The men then took a photograph of Peralta’s corpse while displaying MS-13 gang signs in the photo. The defendants thought Peralta was a member of the Latin Kings since he had a tattoo on his chest that resembled that gang’s insignia.

The second murder took place on Nov. 4, 2018 when MS-13 associates Douglas Melgar-Suriano and Jairo Martinez-Garcia allegedly shot Victor Alvarenga near his home in Flushing. The men followed Alvarenga who was walking down the street and shot him multiple times in the head and body, authorities said.

The third killing occurred on Feb. 3, 2019 when Ramiro Gutierrez and gang associates Tito Martinez-Alvarenga and Victor Lopez allegedly murdered Abel Mosso on the 90th Street subway platform in Jackson Heights.

The defendants, according to the charges, believed Mosso was a member of the rival 18th Street gang. They followed the victim onto the 7 train at the Main Street station in Flushing, before assaulting him on the train and dragging him onto the 90th Street platform.

Gutierrez, after a tussle on the platform, shot Mosso multiple times, killing him. Authorities say the defendant yelled to horrified onlookers: “Nobody get involved, we’re MS-13, we’re going to kill him.”

A video of the incident was posted to Facebook at the time. It went viral.

Prosecutors have also charged three other men—also believed to be part of MS-13—for attempting to shoot a member of the 18th Street gang on Aug. 25, 2019 in Jackson Heights. Marlon Saracay-Lopez, Ismael Santos-Novoa and alleged gang associate Victor Ramirez were involved and they shot an innocent bystander in the leg in their botched murder attempt, authorities said.

Saracay-Lopez, Santos-Novoa and associate Emerson Martinez-Lara were also alleged to be involved in conspiring to kill a fellow MS-13 member who failed to kill a rival gang member as ordered.

If convicted of the murders, Amaya-Ramirez, Melgar-Suriano, Martinez-Garcia, Gutierrez, Martinez-Alvarenga and Lopez—all from Flushing– face mandatory sentences of life in prison with the possibility of the death penalty.

If convicted of the firearms and attempted murder charges, Saracay-Lopez of Compton, Calif.; Santos-Novoa from Flushing; and Ramirez from Elmhurst face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Martinez-Lara of College Point faces up to 15 years in prison for murder conspiracy.

“Public executions are just another sobering example of the savagery that MS-13 engages in with the alleged criminal mayhem caused by those charged today,” said Peter Fitzhugh, the agent in charge for Homeland Security.

“Law enforcement at all levels will continue to use all available resources, aggressively exploit all available intelligence and work as a unified team with a singular goal—ridding the scourge of MS-13 from our communities,” Fitzhugh added.

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Ghost of Ronnie

Thank god we armed and trained freedom fighters in central America to eradicate this socialist scum from our hemisphere…now we just need to deal with the socialists who have infiltrated our government in our own backyard…


How do you discourage this, how do you scare these so they are worried about getting caught? Harsher penalties, or require them do something good and turn normal, lobotomize them? Make them work hard labor? There has to be a way, there is not just enough deterrent to make them stop.

Carbie Barbie

We, the USA, who abhors “foreign interference” in our politics, screwed this country.

Please, do not take my word for it.

“The fully-fledged civil war lasted for more than 12 years and included the deliberate terrorizing and targeting of civilians by US-trained government death squads including prominent clergy from the Catholic Church, the recruitment of child soldiers and other human rights violations, mostly by the military.[24] An unknown number of people disappeared while the UN reports that the war killed more than 75,000 people between 1979 and 1992.[25][26][27] The war ended with the Chapultepec Peace Accords, but in 2016 the El Salvador Supreme Court ruled that the 1993 amnesty law was unconstitutional and that the El Salvador government could prosecute war criminals.[28]

The United States contributed to the conflict by providing military aid of $1–2 million per day to the government of El Salvador during the Carter[29] and Reagan administrations and provided significant training. The Salvadoran government was considered “friendly” and allies by the U.S. in the context of the Cold War.[30] By May 1983, US officers started to take over positions in the top levels of the Salvadoran military and were making critical decisions and running the war.[31]”

“Assassination of Archbishop Romero
In February 1980 Archbishop Óscar Romero published an open letter to US President Jimmy Carter in which he pleaded with him to suspend the United States’ ongoing program of military aid to the Salvadoran regime. He advised Carter that “Political power is in the hands of the armed forces. They know only how to repress the people and defend the interests of the Salvadoran oligarchy.” Romero warned that US support would only “sharpen the injustice and repression against the organizations of the people which repeatedly have been struggling to gain respect for their fundamental human rights.”[67] On 24 March 1980, the Archbishop was assassinated while celebrating Mass, the day after he called upon Salvadoran soldiers and security force members to not follow their orders to kill Salvadoran civilians. President Jimmy Carter stated this was a “shocking and unconscionable act”.[68] At his funeral a week later, government-sponsored snipers in the National Palace and on the periphery of the Gerardo Barrios Plaza were responsible for the shooting of 42 mourners.[69]

On 7 May 1980, former Army Major Roberto D’Aubuisson was arrested with a group of civilians and soldiers at a farm. The raiders found documents connecting him and the civilians as organizers and financiers of the death squad who killed Archbishop Romero, and of plotting a coup d’état against the JRG. Their arrest provoked right-wing terrorist threats and institutional pressures forcing the JRG to release D’Aubuisson. In 1993, a U.N. investigation confirmed that D’Aubuisson ordered the assassination.[70]

A week after the arrest of Roberto D’Aubuisson, the National Guard and the newly reorganized paramilitary Organización Democrática Nacionalista (ORDEN), with the cooperation of the Military of Honduras, carried out a large massacre at the Sumpul River on May 14, 1980, in which an estimated 600 civilians were killed, mostly women and children. Escaping villagers were prevented from crossing the river by the Honduran armed forces, “and then killed by Salvadoran troops who fired on them in cold blood.”[71] Over the course of 1980, the Salvadoran Army and three main security forces (National Guard, National Police and Treasury Police) were estimated to have killed 11,895 people, mostly peasants, trade unionists, teachers, students, journalists, human rights advocates, priests, and other prominent demographics among the popular movement.[46] Human rights organizations judged the Salvadoran government to have among the worst human rights records in the hemisphere.[72]

Murder and rape of US nuns
On December 2, 1980, members of the Salvadoran National Guard were suspected to have raped and murdered four American, Catholic church women (three religious women, or nuns, and a laywoman). Maryknoll missionary sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel, and laywoman Jean Donovan were on a Catholic relief mission providing food, shelter, transport, medical care, and burial to death squad victims. U.S. military aid was briefly cut off in response to the murders but would be renewed within six weeks. The outgoing Carter administration increased military aid to the Salvadoran armed forces to $10 million which included $5 million in rifles, ammunition, grenades and helicopters.[73]

In justifying these arms shipments, the administration claimed that the regime had taken “positive steps” to investigate the murder of four American nuns, but this was disputed by US Ambassador, Robert E. White, who said that he could find no evidence the junta was “conducting a serious investigation.” [73] White was dismissed from the foreign service by the Reagan Administration after he had refused to participate in a coverup of the Salvadoran military’s responsibility for the murders at the behest of Secretary of State Alexander Haig.[74]”

Remember what "lock her up" was about?

Trump pretended he’d “appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.” Trump lovers were gullible enough to believe such a blatant lie 😂 so maybe don’t bring it up?

Get Real

Hey Harriett, they were nothing but uneducated criminal thugs in the countries they come from. I’m 60 years old, born and raised in NYC(Queens), and I didn’t turn into a machete wielding low-life.The tough streets of New York have nothing to with how they turned out, it’s in their blood to kill.


These gang killings are pointless. What happened to the good old days, when they were done over drugs and money?

sanctuary city

yes but how much free money are they getting from Nancy Pelosi?…i guess they are just victims of the Trump’s policies…just some nice minority youths demonized by the racist system…the November election can’t come fast enough…

Trump promised to "cancel all funding of sanctuary cities," that was a lie

He promised to “build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it,” another lie.
He promised to “remove criminal undocumented immigrants,” MORE lies.

Trump lovers fell for it all 😂

He’s soft on security, but it’s Cuomo’s fault?


Put them all to work while they are in prison. Make them all social distancing ambassadors. We need more spanish speaking ambassadors. And the city could hire them for much less. Their income could help feed their family and kids.


At least we now can social distance without some calling us names and trying to get us fired. Trust your instincts. There are many of them in Queens.


Those are the nice unaccompanied minors fleeing poverty and gang harassment in Central America.


Many blk and brn youth come to this country for a better life but end up being overwhelmed by the harsh streets of New York City including the target and injustices of law enforcement.


Will be freed from prison in the Fall due to the second wave of corona-virus.

Trump lovers are ACTUALLY this gullible

They’ve released low-level offenders and people with less than 3 months on their sentence.

These men would NEVER be eligible for release.

Wow, Trump lovers are so completely misinformed, does the red hat have some effect on the brain?


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