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Authorities arrest ‘Ruthless Trinitarios gang leader’ accused of ordering the machete killing of 15-year-old Bronx boy

July 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities arrest ‘Ruthless Trinitarios gang leader’ accused of ordering the machete killing of 15-year-old Bronx boy

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NYPD arrest ‘Ruthless Trinitarios gang leader’ accused of ordering the machete hit on 15-year-old Bronx boy

A purported head of the violent Trinitarios gang scowled during his perp walk as he became the tenth member to be charged with murder in the horrific slaying of the 15-year-old who was hacked to death outside a bodega in the Bronx.

Diego Suero, 29, is reportedly the leading gangster who ordered the brutal machete murder on Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz on June 20th. The deadly attack on Guzman-Feliz, which was captured on surveillance video, later turned out to be an incident of mistaken identity.

On Tuesday, Suero was escorted out of the 48th precinct in the Bronx to face murder, manslaughter, gang assault and criminal weapons possession charges. He has also been charged with conspiracy, PIX11 reported.

Ten members of the infamous Dominican gang, the Trinitarios, have been taken into custody for their roles in the killing of Guzman-Feliz.

However, senior law enforcement officials told NBC that Suero was the leader who “greenlighting” the teen’s death.

Left to right: Danel Fernandez, Joniki Martinez, Jose Muniz, Santiago Rodriguez, Manuel Rivera and Jose Taverez have been arrested and charged for the killing of Guzman-Feliz.

Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, 26, who is also accused of being involved in Guzman-Feliz’s murder, was walked out of the 48th precinct on Tuesday.

The additional eight suspects, who have all entered not guilty pleas are: 21-year-old Jose ‘Canelito’ Muniz; 23-year-old Elvin Garcia; 21-year-old Jose Taverez; 18-year-old Manuel Rivera; 21-year-old Danel Fernandez; 24-year-old Joniki Martinez; 24-year-old Santiago Rodriguez; and 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez.

The Trinitarios gangsters are dragged Guzman-Feliz out of a bodega on East 183rd Street on June 20th and hacked him to death with a machete.

The boy, who was known as ‘Junior,’ bled to death from a gruesome wound in his neck on the sidewalk, close to where he lived.

On Monday, seven of the suspects appeared in court for a pre-indictment hearing, which both of the victim’s parents attended.

The crime was so horrific that officials on Rikers Island have been forced to separate the gang members from the general population for their safety. Fernandez, Muniz, and Rodriguez have all been transferred to a seperate unit, typically meant to house 50 inmates, after receiving a torrent of death threats.

Other inmates – even Trinitarios gang members- “want blood from them”, according to a source, before stating this was the first time an entire unit at the jail had been reserved for just three men.

Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz

“You have every Latin gang, including the Trinitarios, after them,” the source said to New York PIX11. “They brought heat to the Trinitarios gang, which is why they are making threats against their own.”

Fernandez, Muniz, and Rodriguez are being kept in three cells inside a unit at the George R. Vierno Center, with the remaining 47 empty.

Rivera is also at Rikers but is in the general population as he is seen as less at risk, while Taverez, Garcia, Martinez, and Alvarez, are at different jails.

Protective efforts are standard procedure in most jails for high-profile prisoners or those under threat. Another source told the New York Post, “Everyone wants a piece of them. They have around-the-clock security at their door. You can’t get near them.”

Prosecutors noted that the shocking killing was an incident of mistaken identity, when one of the gangsters incorrectly believed that Guzman was the man he’d seen having sex with a female in a Snapchat video.

The case has drawn national fury at the Dominican street gang, with one member even apologizing to the victim’s loved ones via social media.

On Saturday, two of the suspects maintained their innocence, claiming they had nothing to do with the grisly murder.

Martinez-Estrella told the New York Daily News that he was in Pennsylvania when Guzman was hacked to death on the sidewalk.

Authorities believe that Martinez-Estrella was the one who delivered the fatal hit that ended Guzman’s life.

However, his defense lawyer noted that the attacker caught on camera has a neck tattoo, while his client does not.

“Look at my neck, I have nothing,” Martinez-Estrella said.

Meanwhile, Tavarez said that his focus over the last year has been graduating high school and avoiding gang violence.

“I’m a guy who works and studies,” Tavarez said from behind bars. “I don’t have the heart to kill.”

While Tavarez confessed that he was at the bodega the night that Guzman was murdered, he claimed that Martinez-Estrella was not. He also said that he fled as soon as he saw someone pull out a weapon.

“I ran into the bodega because I was afraid,” Tavarez said.

The suspect also maintained that Guzman-Feliz is “not the innocent child everyone is claiming he is,” but did say that his family does deserve justice.

Guzman was part of the NYPD Explorer program and aspired to become a police officer. He was also a die-hard Yankees fan.

His funeral service took place last Wednesday and was attended by thousands of people.

Two additional suspects were arrested on Tuesday over the murder, including 29-year-old Diego Suero, who is accused of organizing the attack.

Authorities believe that the Trinitarios, which has been around since the 1980s, may be responsible for three separate attacks on teens in The Bronx in two weeks.

On June 8th, a 17-year-old boy was attacked by three suspected gangsters in the Kingsbridge area of The Bronx and was sliced in the head with a knife.

Two days before Guzman-Feliz was murdered, a large group of alleged Trinitarios gangsters repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old boy on the Bronx River Parkway.

Unlike Guzman-Feliz, the victims in the two earlier incidents survived.

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