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Suspected Trinitarios gang members knifed another teen two weeks before machete attack

A group of suspected Trinitarios members slashed a young man’s head in the Bronx – two weeks before teens part of the same Dominican street gang butchered a 15-year-old boy to death, police said Sunday.

The teen suspects, all between 14 and 18, approached the 17-year-old victim on E. 196th St. near Jerome Ave. in Fordham Manor around 8:30 a.m. June 8., cops said.

They slashed him in the head with a knife and punched him repeatedly before running off, police said.The victim was treated for a cut to the head at a nearby hospital.

Cops released surveillance video Sunday showing at least four suspects fleeing the scene.

It’s unknown if they belong to the Trinitarios gang – whose members murdered Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz, 15, with a machete in a case of mistaken identity outside the Cruz and Chiky Grocery in the Bronx on June 20, police said.

A bloodied Lesandro then stumbled to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital where he died.

Eight suspects were arrested in that attack.Accused Trinitarios member Kevin Alvarez, 19, admitted being part of the brutal attack that sparked outrage in the community.

Lesandro, who was part of the NYPD Explorers, was laid to rest Wednesday.

A 14-year-old boy was also knifed after a gang chased him down the Bronx River Parkway on June 18.

The boy lost a kidney in the attack and is recovering. Cops arrested Trintinarios member Ramon Paulino, 21, who faces an attempted murder charge.

The Trinitarios gang has had a long history of violence in New York City – and often clashes with its rival gang, “Dominicans Don’t Play” or “DDP.”

In December 2012, then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara indicted 40 Bronx Trintinarios members and associates on charges of racketeering, murder, narcotics and other offenses.

“The Trinitarios may not yet be extinct, but they are without question an endangered species,” Bharara said at the time. “Unless you like jail or death, there is no reason to have anything to do with these gangs.”

source: nydaily

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