Dani Cruz and Maxwell Martinez are charged in connection with a brutal attack in Queens.

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Queens men with MS-13 ties arrested in brutal attack on teen

October 16, 2018 - 2:54 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two alleged MS-13 members are behind bars.

Police arrested Dani Cruz, 25, and Maxwell Martinez, 24, in the stabbing of a 17-year-old near the Jamaica LIRR Station back in August.

Queens DA Richard Brown said the Jamaica residents pummeled the victim before stabbing him multiple times.

"A young man, just a teenager, was viciously beaten and stabbed repeatedly and is lucky to be alive today. This kind of brutality is unacceptable in a civilized society and shows a
disregard for human life," Brown said.

Brown said the boy was riding a bike near Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Ave when he was knocked to the ground with an unknown object. The suspects allegedly punched and kicked the boy before stabbing him in the arms, back, and torso. The victim suffered extensive nerve damage to his arm and required surgery.

Cruz and Martinez were picked up blocks away at a bodega. Cruz was inside the store at the time, and authorities say Martinez was in the back, attempting to gain access to the basement. Cops say the mens' clothes were smeared and splattered with fresh blood at the time of their arrest -- DNA testing found that it was a match with the victim.

Authorities say both men admitted to having an MS-13 affiliation, but denied involvement in the attack.

Cruz claimed he was 'in the deli the entire time,' and Martinez claimed the blood on his pants came from a construction accident.

The suspects are charged with attempted murder and assault, and each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.