MS-13 gang member indicted in mutilation death of teenager
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Two MS-13 gang members — including a citizen of El Salvador — have been indicted in the death of a Long Island teenager who was mutilated, with his hands nearly severed.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced Friday that Elmer Gilberto Santos Contreras is being held without bail on a murder charge after pleading not guilty.
Contreras was returned Thursday from Virginia, where he awaited deportation.
Police say he ordered the murder of 18-year-old Estiven Abrego-Gomez after the teenager appeared on social media flashing signs linked to a rival gang.
He was found dead on Aug. 20, 2016 at a baseball park in Greenlawn, where he lived.
Also charged with murder is Anthony Gutierrez-Meza for allegedly acting in concert with Contreras. He is in police custody in Virginia.