Sunday, October 10, 2010
When to apply.
The incident involved three victims being held against their will by as many as nine assailants who beat them in a vacant apartment and sodomized two of them.
A fourth victim was beaten and robbed in connection with the attacks.
The string of attacks, which occurred Sunday one week ago, began when members of a street gang calling themselves the Latin King Goonies in New York learned that an aspiring member is gay.
The 17-year-old pledge was forced into an unoccupied apartment around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and questioned about his contact with a 30-year-old man.
He was thrown into a wall, forced to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger.
His assailants let him go, but threatened to hurt him or his family if he talked.
The victim went to a hospital for treatment, but claimed his injuries were from an attack by unknown assailants on the street.
At about 8:30 p.m Sunday, another 17-year-old was beaten and questioned about the same 30-year-old man, robbed of jewelry and held against his will in the same vacant apartment.
At 9:30 p.m., the 30-year-old man was lured to the location where that 17-year-old was being held, was forced to strip naked and was tied to a chair opposite the teenager.
The teenager was forced to hit the older male several times in the face and burn him with cigarettes, after which the suspects assaulted him with their fists and a chain and sodomized him with a small baseball bat.
The 30-year-old man was later dumped outside his home.
Five of the suspects then went to the apartment the 17-year-old victim shared with his older brother and let themselves in using a key they'd taken from the man.
They beat the man's brother and demanded money from him.
When he refused, the assailants put a cell phone to his ear and he heard his younger brother say that he was being held against his will and to "give them the money,".
The older brother told the suspects where they could find the money, after which they tied him up and left the apartment.
The police was informed and arrested Bryan Almonte, 17, Steven Caraballo, 17, Brian Cepeda, 16, Nelson Falu, 17, Ildefonzo Mendez, 23, Denis Peitars, 17 and David Rivera, 21, on Friday.
Pending charges against them include unlawful imprisonment, abduction, sodomy, assault, robbery, and menacing, all as hate crimes.
One suspect is still at large.
22-year-old Ruddy Vargas-Perez.
If you see him, call the cops.
And if you meet this 17-year old boy that applied to become a member of the Latin King Goonies, tell him not to do so anymore.