10 alleged MS-13 members, associates charged in 3 Queens murders, attempted murder

Kimberly Dole
May 14, 2020 - 4:10 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York announced Thursday that ten alleged MS-13 gang members and associates are facing multiple charges for three Queens murders, an attempted murder, and a separate murder plot, firearms offenses, and marijuana distribution.

Officials arrested five on Thursday in New York and California, and four who are already being held in detention facilities will be arrested Friday and transferred to federal custody.

One defendant was arrested Wednesday in Maryland, they added. 

"The murders and crimes of violence allegedly committed by these defendants are trademarked MS-13 offenses – cold-blooded, senseless and brutally violent – and pose a grave danger to the residents of our communities," United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement.

The alleged gang members and associates that face charges in connection to the murders of three men in Queens include Juan Amaya-Ramirez, Douglas Melgar-Suriano, Jairo Martinez-Garcia, Ramiro Gutierrez, Tito Martinez-Alvarenga and Victor Lopez.

Murder of Victor Alvarenga

Alleged MS-13 associates Douglas Melgar-Suriano and Jairo Martinez-Garcia are charged with the murder of Victor Alvarenga, who was shot and killed near his home in Flushing the morning of Nov. 4, 2019.

After waiting for Alvarenga, officials said the two alleged gang associates and a third suspect approached him and walked with him briefly before Melgar-Suriano allegedly shot him multiple times in the head and body.

Officials say Martinez-Garcia also shot him as he was laying on the ground.

Murder of Abel Mosso

Alleged MS-13 member Ramiro Gutierrez and alleged gang associates Tito Martinez-Alvarenga and Victor Lopez are charged with murdering Abel Mosso, 20, on a subway platform in Queens on Feb. 3, 2019.

According to officials, Lopez and Martinez-Alvarenga followed Mosso onto the 7 train at the Main Street station in Flushing, with Gutierrez trailing behind because Mosso was believed to be a member of rival 18th Street gang.

Officials said the first two men confronted Mosso then dragged him onto the platform at the 90th Street Station in Jackson Heights.

The attackers brandished a gun that after a struggle, Mosso was able to get it away from them.

"Nobody get involved. We're MS-13. We're going to kill him," Gutierrez shouted in Spanish before snatching the gun back from the victim and shooting him multiple times, officials said.

A video posted on Facebook of the murder was later recovered by law enforcement.

Murder of Andy Peralta

Alleged MS-13 associate Juan Amaya-Ramirez is charged with the murder of 17-year-old Andy Peralta, officials said.

Officials say Amaya-Ramirez and two others allegedly lured the teen to Kissena Park in Flushing, Queens on April 23, 2018 and confronted him.

The alleged gang associates mistook Peralta's crown tattoo located on his chest for a symbol of rival gang the Latin Kings.

The three suspects fatally beat, stabbed and strangled the teen before slashing the chest tattoo authorities said.

The attackers then used Amaya-Ramirez's phone to photograph Peralta's body while displaying MS-13 gang signs with their hands. The picture was found in Amaya-Ramirez's iCloud account during a court-authorized search, officials said.

A hiker found the teen's body the following morning in the park, half-naked and face down in a marsh, according to a report from PIX11.

Amaya-Ramirez, Melgar-Suriano, Martinez-Garcia, Gutierrez, Martinez-Alvarenga and Lopez face mandatory sentences of life in prison and are eligible for the death penalty if convicted for murder.

Conspiracy to Murder and Attempted Murder

Alleged MS-13 members Marlon Saracay-Lopez and Ismael Santos-Novoa, along with alleged gang associate Emerson Martinez-Lara, were all charged with conspiring to murder a fellow MS-13 associate who had apparently failed to kill a rival gang member, between May 2019 and July 2019 officials said.

Authorities said, the kill was originally ordered by Saracay-Lopez and Santos-Novoa.

Saracay-Lopez, Santos-Novoa and alleged gang associate Victor Ramirez are also being charged with the attempted murder of a member of rival 18th street gang in Jackson Heights, Queens on Aug. 25, 2019 that resulted in the shooting of an innocent bystander, officials said.

Saracay-Lopez, Santos-Novoa and Ramirez face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if convicted of firearms and attempted murder charges.

Martinez-Lara faces up to 15 years in prison for marijuana distribution conspiracy and murder conspiracy.

“MS-13 members do all they can to propagate a violent, deadly image as a gang. Their calculation that shouting the gang's name out in front of people on a subway platform will prevent anyone from interfering with a man being brutally beaten and murdered boggles the mind," FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney stated. "Their violent reputation won't protect them from going to federal prison."

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The Defendants:

MARLON SARACAY-LOPEZ (also known as “Plocky”) Age:  33
Compton, California

JUAN AMAYA-RAMIREZ (also known as “Cadaver”) Age:  22
Fresh Meadows, New York

RAMIRO GUTIERREZ (also known as “Cara de Malo”) Age:  27
Flushing, New York

VICTOR LOPEZ (also known as “Curioso”) Age:  21
Flushing, New York

TITO MARTINEZ-ALVARENGA (also known as “Imprudente”) Age:  20
Flushing, New York

JAIRO MARTINEZ-GARCIA (also known as “Colmillo”) Age:  21
Flushing, New York

EMERSON MARTINEZ-LARA (also known as “Fugitivo”) Age:  21
College Point, New York

DOUGLAS MELGAR-SURIANO (also known as “Clemencia”) Age:  24
Flushing, New York

VICTOR RAMIREZ (also known as “Curioso”) Age:  20
Elmhurst, New York

ISMAEL SANTOS-NOVOA (also known as “Profe” and “Travieso”) Age:  31
Flushing, New York