BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Police said they now believe that a stabbing incident in Jackson Heights last weekend did not involve the notorious El Salvadorian gang MS-13.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, a 45-year-old man was approached by three males, who allegedly stabbed him in front of 37-74 90th St. in Jackson Heights. The victim told police that the men had also robbed him, stealing $600 from his pocket.
The victim told the New York Post that he had heard one of the suspects yell, “Yo, yo, yo MS-13,” before stabbing him in the back. However, police said that the victim had fabricated MS-13’s involvement in the incident and that he had been stabbed following a dispute with several individuals with whom he’d been out drinking.
The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he received four stitches for a one-inch-deep stab wound following the incident.
Police said that it does not appear that the victim was robbed. It is unclear whether the victim will face charges in the incident.
MS-13 is an international criminal gang that was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s. A majority of its members are from El Salvador or other Central American locales. The gang has allegedly carried out violent attacks on Long Island, including a brutal incident in Central Islip’s Recreation Village Town Park. A total of 13 MS-13 members were charged in a 41-count indictment in the murders of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas on Sept. 13
No arrests have been made in the Jackson Heights incident and the investigation is ongoing.
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