One of the homicides occurred near a high school, authorities said.
The Nassau County District Attorney announced that Gerson Hernandez, 21, was arraigned on Thursday, May 11, for his role in two alleged gang-related killings in 2022. Role.
Hernandez, an alleged member of the MS-13 gang, teamed up with two other unidentified gang members to shoot victim Walter Ochoa in the chest at a Uniondale park, according to the indictment.
The first incident occurred just before 9 p.m. on July 19, 2022, the prosecutor’s office reported.
Ochoa was surrounded by three people, including Hernandez, and after he was shot in the chest, Hernandez and another gang member proceeded to knife Ochoa, leaving him in the stomach and neck. was punctured.
Then, on Sept. 14, 2022, two alleged gang members, including Hernandez, got into an altercation with two others outside a McDonald’s in Hempstead, near a high school, the district attorney claimed.
At about 3:45 p.m., Hernandez saw a friend passing by on a bicycle. The friend reportedly drew a gun and fired multiple shots at the victim outside the McDonald’s.
While the victim was dying, he was stabbed with a broadsword, the district attorney said.
“MS-13 wreaked havoc and claimed too many lives throughout Long Island,” said Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly. “We will continue to dismantle this criminal operation one by one and ensure our communities are free from the gang’s unspeakable violence.”
Hernandez was charged with:
second degree murder
second degree gang assault
He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Tuesday, June 6.
If convicted, Hernades could face up to 40 years or even life in prison.
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