Six reputed members of the Latin Kings were indicted on May 4 for attempting to murder a Jackson Heights man by punching, stabbing and beating him with his own cane last October.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified them as Queens residents Michael Aragundi, 19; Jonathan Duy, 23; Jordan Leon, 17; Wilson Matute, 20; Luis Mayancela, 21; and Luis Minchala, 26.
On Oct. 29, 2016, the 24-year-old victim was standing outside of El Paisa bar 87-05 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights when the six men approached and started beating him. The men stabbed and punched the victim, and struck him with the man’s cane.
The defendants left the victim bleeding on the floor and left the scene. He was taken to a local Queens hospital where he was treated for 11 stab wounds and lacerations, including two stab wounds on his neck and a laceration to the head.
According to Brown, the man also suffered possible nerve damage to his left arm and the injuries have left him with numbness in his arm and hand.
“The defendants are accused of viciously attacking and seriously injuring a young man apparently for no other reason than he was not a member of the Latin Kings gang,” Brown said in a statement. “Gang violence will not be tolerated in Queens County. The defendants’ poor choice in pursuing gang membership and the violence that are a part of that lifestyle have led them to be charged with serious felonies that carry the possibility of lengthy prison sentences.”
Each of the defendants were charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree gang assault, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of second-degree robbery and one count of second-degree assault. They each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Leon was ordered held on $250,000 bond/$150,000 cash bail, while Duy and Minchala remain locked up on $100,000 bond/$75,000 cash bail. Mayancala is being held on $75,000 bond/cash bail, and Matute and Aragundi were held on $25,000 bond/$15,000 cash bail.
All of the suspects were ordered to return to court on July 10.