Madeline Singas

Nassau County District Attorney's Office

6 Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted In Queens, Nassau Murder Spree

April 17, 2019 - 6:16 pm
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) — Prosecutors say six alleged MS-13 gang members have been indicted on murder charges for their roles in two homicides in December last year, one in Far Rockaway, Queens and the other in Nassau County on Long Island.

One of the suspects was arraigned on Wednesday and two were arraigned last week. The others are juveniles and will be prosecuted in juvenile court.

In the first killing, authorities say 23-year-old Ian Cruz, of Queens, was lured to Bayswater State Park by one of the minors with the promise of sex and drugs and shot several times in the head and stabbed

Prosecutors say the second killing happened two days later just over the Nassau County border in Lawrence where 17-year-old Harold Sermeno, of Queens, was shot and stabbed with a machete.

The following individuals have been charged:

Yonathan “Turbo” Sanchez, 22, and Carlos Guerra, 18, of Far Rockaway, are charged with:

  • Two counts of murder in the second degree
  • Two counts of conspiracy in the first degree
  • Two counts of conspiracy in the second degree
  • Four counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree

Elmer “Revolver” Gutierrez, 19, of Valley Stream, is charged with:

  • Murder in the second degree
  • Two counts of conspiracy in the first degree
  • Two counts of conspiracy in the second degree
  • Two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree

Three juveniles – two 15-year-old males and a 13-year-old female – are also charged with two counts of murder in the second degree.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)