15 alleged Trinitarios members indicted, police search for suspects on the loose
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced the indictment of 15 alleged gang members from a subset of the notorious Trinitarios gang.
Several of the defendants faced a judge Thursday and are facing charges including attempted murder. The indictments are the result of a 10-month investigation.
Police say the same group is linked to the killing of Bronx teenager Lesandro "Junior" Guzman Feliz.
Prosecutors indicted the 15 men on charges ranging from attempted murder, assault and conspiracy. Authorities say the defendants targeted rival members within a subset of the Trinitarios gang in Washington Heights.
The violent street gang is said to have been operating in the Bronx and Manhattan. Meanwhile, police are still searching for four more suspects in the case, who they say are on the loose.
Sarah Fernandez, the mother of Oliver Fernandez, says her son turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning. Oliver was one of five suspects said to have been on the loose by police on Wednesday.
The NYPD also confirmed that Raimy Carrasco,19, and Jery Peguero, 23, were apprehended on Thursday.
The men still wanted are 20-year-old Christopher Acosta and 23-year-old Jorge Marques-Neto.
Prosecutors say Richard Raminez, who is believed to be a prominent member in the affiliation, ordered lower members to carry out brutal attacks on the rival Washington Heights gang back in October and November of 2017.
Investigators also say Ramirez Perez used messaging apps to recruit people as young as 14 years old into the gang sect.
All of the defendants pleaded not guilty in court to the charges against them. Family members who went to support the defendants were visibly upset.
All of the defendants are being held on $150,000 bail. They are due back in court on Dec. 16.