26 Trinitarios gang members accused of carrying out slashings against rival gangs in Rikers
Nearly two dozen alleged members of the Trinartios gang are accused of carrying out a number of vicious slashings against rival gangs, as well as against some of their own members who weren't considered to be in good standing.
The Bronx District Attorney's Office confirms 26 suspected members have been indicted on 14 violent incidents happening inside Rikers Island.
The gruesome acts took place between September 2015 and July of last year. Officials say the alleged gang members used coded language through different forms of communication, like letters and phone calls to commit the crimes.
One of the defendants named in the indictment is Francisco Nunez, a current inmate at Rikers facing murder charges in the 2017 stabbing death of Brelin Flores in Brooklyn. Nunez streamed a video on Facebook Live earlier this month showing the inside of his cell for an hour and 40 minutes. It has since been taken down.
Officials say 12 defendants were already arraigned this week and are due back in court next month. Four still haven't been apprehended. The others are expected to be arraigned soon.