This is  yet another disturbing story out of NY. Yes NEW YORK.

Seven young men from the Bronx, NY have been arrested after they set out to intentionally find and attack two teenagers and a 30-year-old man they suspected of being gay.

The young men, who call themselves the Latin King Goonies and range from 16 to 23 years old, were rounded up Thursday and Friday and charged in a series of  brutal attacks on the victims in an unoccupied apartment. As I write this, police say two more suspects are still being sought.

The brutal attacks began last Sunday at approx. 3:30 a.m. (some would call this Saturday night), when the gang members lured one 17-year-old off the street and took him to the apartment at 1910 Osbourne Place in Morris Heights. They forced him to confess to having performed sex acts with a 30-year-old man, then brutally beat him.

The boy, who had allegedly been trying to join the gang, was “thrown into a wall, made to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Then, at approximately 8:30 p.m. later that Sunday night, the gang members lured the second 17-year-old boy to the same apartment and grilled him about his contact with the same 30-year-old man. Then, they lured the 30-year-old man to the apartment by telling him a party was being held there.

The assailants brutalized the 30-year-old, hitting hit him with a chain, sodomizing him with a small baseball bat and forcing him to drink 10 cans of the alcohol-spiked energy drink they had asked him to bring to the party. While holding the man hostage, the attackers took his keys, went to his apartment and robbed his brother of $1,000 and two debit cards, Kelly said.

“These suspects deployed terrible, wolf pack odds of 9 against 1, which revealed them as predators whose crimes were as cowardly as they were despicable,” Kelly said “Throughout the attacks, the young men hurled anti-gay slurs.”

The victims were eventually released by their assailants, and according to police, none of their injuries were life threatening.

The case unfolded slowly over the past few days as people were reluctant to come forward. Investigators were speaking with the original 17-year-old victim, but he was initially afraid to talk, the police said. Then a break in the case came when someone in the crowd gathered outside the apartment where the beatings took place handed officers a note that led to a suspect’s name. Eventually, the men were all rounded up and evidence was collected.

However, the attackers attempted to clean the crime scene, Mr. Kelly said, by returning there to rip up the rugs and linoleum floors, clean the rooms with bleach and slather fresh paint on the walls. But crime scene detectives were able to recover evidence, including human hair.

“One of them described it as, quote, `The cleanest crime scene I’ve ever seen,’ ” Mr. Kelly said. “Lots of bleach and paint were used to cover the blood shed by their tortured prey. They even poured bleach down the drains.” Perhaps they had watched one too many episodes of CSI. However, Kelly added, “They could clean, but they couldn’t hide.”

As you can see, three of the seven “men” arrested are under the age of 18.  Those arrested are Ildefonzo Mendez, 23; David Rivera, 21; Nelson Falu, 18; Nelson Falu 17; Denis Peitars, 17; Bryan Almonte, 17; and Brian Cepeda, 16. Still being sought, they said, are Elmer Confessor, 23; and Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22.

What complicates this case is that 2 of the 3 victims were underage, and had allegedly participated in sexual contact with the third, which is a crime, but I doubt there will be any charges. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that 3 men, three people were victimized because of their sexuality. This is an epidemic in this country.  There has been little attention to this case, until now.  On the heels of so many other cases of gay-hate crimes sweeping this nation, I have to ask – Watts-Up-With-This??



  1. As a native New Yorker, these stories of my hometown sicken me. However, it just serves as a reminder that for all the progress the LGBT community has made, there is still more work to be done.

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