Two of the three MS-13 gang members arrested following a frenzied knife attack outside a Burger King in Long Island were previously detained by Homeland Security – until federal judges ordered their releases. (Fox News)
Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, and Oscar Canales Molina, 17, are facing second-degree assault charges related to the brawl outside the fast food restaurant in Huntington Station on Wednesday. All three entered the U.S. illegally as unaccompanied minors. Two 16-year-olds suffered injuries in the fight, one with a stab wound, according to authorities.
“While it’s not clear what the groups were fighting about, one thing is clear – everyone arrested are confirmed members of MS-13,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said Thursday following the announcement of their arrests.
The incident started to unfold after the victims, who were eating inside Burger King, “noticed a group of Hispanic males who they recognized from [Huntington High] school, including the three defendants, staring at them in a menacing way,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The teens felt uncomfortable and proceeded to leave the restaurant.”
Sini says the three suspects then “allegedly charged after the teens, while wielding bats and knives, and an altercation broke out between the two groups.”
The Suffolk County Police Department identified all three suspects as MS-13 gang members 18 months ago. Afterward, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Arevalo Lopez.
A federal District Court judge ordered Lopez’s release six months later.
ICE agents arrested and detained Canales Molina in July 2017.
Another federal judge released Molina from custody that November.