Crime: Teen who shares Queens apartment with four accused killer MS-13 gang members, including a 14-year-old girl, says he knows nothing of murder - PressFrom - US
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CrimeTeen who shares Queens apartment with four accused killer MS-13 gang members, including a 14-year-old girl, says he knows nothing of murder

21:55  24 december  2018
21:55  24 december  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Teen who shares Queens apartment with four accused killer MS-13 gang members, including a 14-year-old girl, says he knows nothing of murder© Marco Poggio/New York Daily News / HANDOUT

A Queens, N.Y. teen shares an apartment with four accused killer MS-13 gang members — including a 14-year-old girl. But Elmer Guttierez says he knows nothing of the shooting death that landed them all in jail.

"I go to work and come back and go straight to put my head down on my bed,” Guttierez, 18, said during an exclusive jailhouse interview on Rikers Island Sunday. “I don't really talk to them or have energy to talk to them.”

The teen was arrested for weapon possession when cops raided his Far Rockaway home Wednesday, three days after 23-year-old Ian Cruz was found dead in his underwear in Bayswater Point State Park a mile and a half away.

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Suspected MS - 13 gang members Miguel Alvarez-Flores and Diego Hernandez-Rivera are accused of kidnapping a teen and murdering an unidentified womanCredit: AP:Associated Press. The 14 - year - old told cops she ran away from school and ended up being held against her will at two apartments in

Guttierez is not charged in Cruz’s killing. But all four of his roommates were charged with murder after cops found the .22-caliber revolver they say was used to kill Cruz along with over 900 rounds of ammunition in their apartment during the raid.

Prosecutors say the roommates shot Cruz multiple times in the head in the park sometime during the 16-and-a-half hours before his body was discovered.

Guttierez is being held on $250,000 bail. His roomies — the 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy, Carlos Guerra, 18, and Yonathan Sanchez, 22 - were all ordered held without bail.

"I hope I get out,” Guttierez said. “I hope they do too.”

Guttierez says the two youngest suspects are brother and sister. The Daily News is withholding their names because they are being charged as juveniles.

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Of the five suspects, only Guerra has a prior arrest, on Dec. 2 for weed possession, police said. But cops say all five are MS-13 gang members, though Guttierez refuted that claim.

"I'm not part of MS-13," Guttierez said Sunday. "But the others? I really don't know."

Guttierez didn’t deny the apartment was well stocked with ammunition and a gun but says he works back-to-back shifts everyday at a car wash and restaurant.

“I was at work when it happened,” he said of the slaying. “I’ve never been to the park.”

When he got home the day the body was discovered, nothing seemed unusual at home he said.

“I returned from work, put my head down on my bed, and fell asleep,” he said. “I arose the next morning and saw it on the news. I asked Carlos about it. But he didn't know."

"They didn't act weird or anything that week when it was on the news,” he added. “Nothing."

Then cops swept in. "I was scared when they came to get us," Guttierez said. "I remember seeing the lights outside the house, the sirens."

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The killing of a 15- year - old girl in Northern Virginia reflects growing female involvement in MS - 13 , authorities say . “ MS - 13 is the new bad boy in girls ’ lives,” said Carlos Salvado, a defense attorney who has Damaris bounced from one gang apartment to another with nothing but a backpack.

Two MS - 13 members have been charged in the shooting death of a Houston-area teen that took place Melvin Josue Salvador, 18, and Celso Onelio Sandoval, 25, are accused of shooting Edwin MS - 13 is known to be prevalent in South and Central America and is reportedly gaining a stronghold

Guttierez said he moved from his native El Salvador two years ago to live with an uncle in Valley Stream, L.I. After they started quarreling, he moved to the Rockaway room five months ago. One by one, his roommates began moving in — first Sanchez, then Guerra, then the two children.

"They said their mom was abusing them,” Guttierez said about the 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl.

As for the victim, Guttierez said he barely knew Cruz. "I see him late at night when we're in the line getting food,” he said.

A super at Cruz’s apartment building four blocks away from the suspects’ home said the victim, who is also from El Salvador, was a construction worker who lived with his mother before she kicked him out for drinking too much.

"He had problems with marijuana and drinking,” the super said. “He would drink beer a lot. He was drinking a lot every weekend, Fridays and Saturdays.”

Since 2010, federal prosecutors have charged MS-13 members with carrying out over four dozen murders in the New York area, many in Long Island and Queens.

In November, Mario Aguilar-Lopez, 20, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a suspected rival in the head in Central Islip deli — and wounding an innocent bystander.

In August, an MS-13 member pleaded guilty to his role in the 2017 murder of four young men he thought were rivals in a Central Islip park.

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