Alleged MS-13 Members Arrested for Far Rock Murders

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The MS-13 Gang has allegedly spilled over into Far Rockaway and are supposedly connected to a recent murder of a 23-year-old Far Rockaway man.

On December 16, the body of Ian Cruz was found in Bayswater State Point Park. Cruz, who had been shot multiple times in the head, was found wearing nothing but underwear and socks.

According to a New York Post report, a 14-year-old girl allegedly messaged Cruz online and promised to have sex with him. She lured him to the State Park, where he was murdered.

Surveillance video led police to the suspects who later raided their Far Rockaway home. Five people were arrested in connection to Cruz’s death, including the 14-year-old girl and her brother, a 15-year-old. The young teens, along with 18-year-old Carlos Guerra and 22-year-old Yonathan Sanchez, were charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a report by Newsweek. They were all being held without bail. Another 18-year-old, Elmer Guttierez, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. He was being held with a bail of $500,000. Police also recovered a .22-caliber revolver and more than 900 rounds of ammunition.

Investigators believe the suspects are connected to the notorious MS-13 gang. They also believe they’re connected to another murder of a Far Rockaway teen. On December 18, the 17-year-old Harold Sermeno, also of Far Rockaway, was found shot to death outside of Five Towns Community Center. It is believed he was also lured there. The motivation behind the killings is not known.

MS-13 has been active around Long Island and some parts of Queens since about 2010.

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