WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Eight alleged members of the Trinitarios gang were arrested last week over the murder of Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz on June 20.
- The 15-year-old was brutally killed, attacked and hacked with a machete by gang members in a case of mistaken identity.
- The Trinitarios members are getting special protection in jail due to the constant death threats they’re receiving from other inmates, police said.
All eight of the arrested Trinitarios charged with the murder of “Junior” Guzman-Feliz were taken away from the general population at their respective jails after officials established that their lives were in danger, the New York Post wrote.
The suspects—Santiago Rodriguez, 24, Joniki Martinez, 24, Jose Taverez, 21, Jose Muniz, 21, Danel Fernandez, 21, Kevin Alvarez, 19, and Manuel Rivera, 18, were arrested on suspicion of homicide while Elvin Garcia, 23, was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. All eight have entered a “Not Guilty” plea.
According to a law enforcement source, when any one of them is moved from their prison cells, the whole block is placed on lockdown. The transfer is guarded by multiple corrections officers while the captain records the footage on film.
On June 20, Guzman-Feliz was dragged outside a Bronx store by a group of men and was repeatedly stabbed with knives and machetes, in what looks like a case of mistaken identity. The authorities said it was likely that the Trinitarios mistook Guzman-Feliz as the person who filmed a sex tape of one of the members’ female relatives.
Kevin Alvarez surrendered to the police after the killing. He confessed he was the suspect captured in the surveillance video.
In the footage released by the New York Police Department, 19-year-old Alvarez can be seen dragging “Junior” out of a bodega before a group of gang members of the Trinitarios. The teen was violently stabbed and hacked with a machete.
“I thought it was just going to be a fight when I came out the store and I turned around and saw the machetes,” Alvarez told the New York Daily News. “I backed up and put my arms up. I yelled at them to stop.”
“This investigation is not over,” said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “[Guzman-Feliz] was never going to give up on his dream of being an NYPD detective and we’ll never give up on him.
“We will leave no stone unturned. We have ample resources to deal with anyone who wishes to engage in gang activity. You are going to swiftly learn it is a no-win situation. If you flee to Paterson, if you flee to Wyoming, we are going to get you.”
Guzman-Feliz wished to become a police officer that’s why he joined the NYPD Explorers, a program that provides an introduction into a law enforcement career to individuals aged 14 to 20.