According to police, the three suspects in the recent murder of a Long Island teenager are all MS-13 gang members, and were also all in the United States illegally.
The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, took place after the 16-year-old victim attempted to flee the gang members, who confronted the teen in a fast food restaurant.
After chasing the victim outside, 19-year-old Ramon Arevalo Lopez allegedly stabbed him, reportedly accompanied by 17-year-old Oscar Canales Molina and 20-year-old Nobeli Montes Zuniga.
Police captured the three close to the scene of the crime, charging all three with second-degree assault.
Both Lopez and Molina had previously been in DHS custody, but were both ordered to be released by federal judges in 2017.
olice said a teenager was stabbed in an attack by three MS-13 members from his high school behind a Long Island Burger King.
It happened on New York Avenue in Huntington Station around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
Feeling uncomfortable, the victim and a friend left, and the three gang members followed them, wielding bats and knives, police said.
An altercation broke out in the parking lot, and that’s when 19-year-old Ramon Arevalo Lopez allegedly stabbed the victim in the back. Another 16-year-old boy suffered a minor injury in the fight.
The stabbed 16-year-old was later taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspects took off, but police caught up with them and arrested them about a mile away.
Lopez and two other suspects, 20-year-old Nobeli Montes Zuniga and 17-year-old Oscar Canales Molina, were charged with second-degree assault.
Police said they had blood on their clothing and hands during the arrest. Molina was found with two knives, one in each of his socks.
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.
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 suspects were arraigned Thursday. Bail was set for each at $35,000 cash/$75,000 bond.
Police continue to investigate the incident.