Suspect arrested in MS-13 related death on Long Island
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island have arrested another suspect in the MS-13 gang-related death of a man found buried in the woods earlier this summer.
Nassau County police announced the arrest of 23-year-old Jose Quintanilla Cruz, of Hempstead, on murder charges. He’s to be arraigned on Thursday. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.
The remains of 21-year-old Carlos Rivas-Majano, of Uniondale, were discovered in East Meadow in August. Police believe he was killed by a machete a year earlier.
An admitted MS-13 gang member was arrested shortly after the remains were found. Police say the gang may have believed that the victim was “disrespectful” or posed a threat.
The MS-13 gang has been blamed for at least 25 killings since January 2016 across a wide swath of Long Island.