MS-13 gang members in New York are again looking to put “hits” on cops who happen to live in various Long Island neighborhoods, according to a memo released this week by the New York Police Department.
“Intel has been obtained that members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area, as well as possibly Patchogue in order to gain street credibility,” the memo, released by the department’s Queens-based 105th Precinct and obtained by the New York Post, states. “These members are conducting reconnaissance of private residences.”
Officers, per the memo, are reminded to “always be cognizant” and alert and are advised to alter routines and pay attention to stranger vehicles and make note of anything else that appears unusual.
This is not a first for the violent gang, birthed on the West Coast whose members hail predominantly from Central America. Last spring police obtained similar intel also targeting Long Island-based police officers.
According to an informant working with the Hempstead Police Department, one gang member declared during a meeting that “police have been making too many arrests” before adding that “it’s time to take the streets back and take out a cop like we do in El Salvador.”
The newest memo comes on the heels of a fatal shooting carried out earlier this month on a subway platform in Queens. An MS-13 gang member was charged in connection with the shooting, which apparently resulted in the death of a member of the rival 18th Street gang.
Police say MS-13 member Ramiro Gutierrez hauled 20-year-old Abel Mosso off a Manhattan-bound 7 train at the 90th Street-Elmhurst station in Queens before firing a bullet in his face. The broad-daylight weekend incident occurred at around 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. Gutierrez apparently had help, as two additional MS-13 members — 19-year-old Tito Martinez-Alvarenga and 20-year-old Victor Lopez — allegedly provided additional muscle in dragging Mosso from the train car.
“These defendants approached the victim on the subway car,” Assistant District Attorney Bryan Kotowski of the District Attorney’s Homicide Investigations Bureau told the New York Post. “They dragged him out of the subway onto the subway platform while the victim screamed for help.”
Guitierrez is no stranger to the law.
In December, prosecutors apparently sought to hold him on $100,000 bail after police picked him up on felony conspiracy charges. Guitierrez, who authorities later learned was living in the United States illegally, was instead held on just $2,500 bail by a New York City judge, according to the New York Post.
Guitierrez was able to pay bail and leave jail after just two days, thus taking advantage of New York’s sanctuary city law that limits local authorities from cooperating with federal investigators.