5 Trinitarios gang Members Arrested for Brutal Muder of Lesandro Guzman-Ortiz
5 members of the “Machete Gang” believed to be in connection with last week’s killing of a 15-year-old boy at a Bronx bodega have been arrested.
The NYPD released a statement saying that they’re in the process of interviewing suspects and that more arrests are anticipated.
UPDATE: Arrests have been made and more are anticipated. Suspects are currently being questioned. We thank the public for the outpouring of tips shared and we encourage people to continue to come forward and share them by calling #800577TIPS. The case is ongoing #JusticeForJunior pic.twitter.com/4a3um4XkMd
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2018
19-year-old Kevin Alvarez, of the Bronx was arrested Sunday on charges of murder, manslaughter and gang assault.
After receiving a tip just before 2 p.m. Sunday, police officers responded to a home connected to the Trinitarios gang. Four people connected to the attack were arrested with another suspect was reportedly taken into custody in the Dominican Republic.
The leader of the Trinitarios gang apologized on Facebook, saying the brutal murder resulted from a case of mistaken identity. According to reports, a gang member was angry about a relative who was featured in a sex video. Lesandro Guzman-Ortiz was mistakenly identified as being the person in the video.
“They have to make sure when they kill someone they have the right person,” Lesandro’s mother, Leandra Feliz, told ABC 7.
15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Ortiz, was attacked Tuesday night by a group of men outside the bodega. He was dragged out of a bodega and hacked to death with a machete.
#JusticeforJunior began trending on social media after rapper Cardi B posted about the case on Instagram.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Guzman-Feliz’ family if you’d like help with funeral costs and other financial burdens due to this senseless murder.