Another week, another shocking crime with likely connections to illegal immigrant gang members.
This time, the incident took place in New York. On Wednesday, a teenager was viciously attacked and stabbed behind a Burger King on Long Island — and officials believe the notorious Latino gang MS-13 is behind it.
“The 16-year-old victim told police he was at the fast-food restaurant with friends when six of his classmates from Huntington High School entered and began staring at them menacingly,” reported WABC TV.
“Feeling uncomfortable, the victim and a friend left, and the three gang members followed them, wielding bats and knives,” that news outlet continued.
The armed group allegedly cornered the victim in the parking lot. A 19-year-old named Ramon Arevalo Lopez is believed by authorities to have led the stabbing attack, which also included two other suspects: 20-year-old Nobeli Montes Zuniga and 17-year-old Oscar Canales Molina.
We welcome immigrants who come here legally, but not illegal gang members. This week a HS student was stabbed by 3 MS-13 members. According to police, the attackers had entered the U.S. illegally, were picked up by DHS, but were released by judges. https://t.co/0qx0zAud13
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 11, 2019
After police were called, they quickly caught up with those suspects who were literally caught red-handed.
“Police said they had blood on their clothing and hands during the arrest,” reported WABC. “Molina was found with two knives, one in each of his socks.”
And what’s the background of these oh-so-upstanding teenagers? Authorities say they’re illegal immigrants with known gang connections.
“According to police, Lopez entered the United States illegally on December 8, 2016. He was picked up by the Department of Homeland Security in October 2017, but a federal judge released him from custody in June,” explained WABC.
It’s the same story with the other two.
“Zuniga and Molina entered the country illegally as unaccompanied minors. Molina was picked up by DHS in July 2017 but released by a federal district judge in November 2017,” the outlet continued.
For their part, attorneys for the suspects have pushed back against accusations that the men are connected to MS-13, but officials are standing by that claim.
“(L)aw enforcement officials said the three suspects are connected to MS-13 and were in the Suffolk County Police Department’s database of likely gang members,” confirmed Newsday.
The case caught the attention of the White House staff and most likely President Donald Trump himself.
“We welcome immigrants who come here legally, but not illegal gang members,” the official White House Twitter account posted. “This week a HS student was stabbed by 3 MS-13 members. According to police, the attackers had entered the U.S. illegally, were picked up by DHS, but were released by judges.”
Trump has spoken out about MS-13 activity in the same New York area previously.
“Crippling loopholes in our laws have enabled MS-13 gang members and other criminals to infiltrate our communities, and Democrats in Congress refuse to close these loopholes, including the disgraceful practice known as catch and release,” he declared while in New York in 2018.
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