A trio of MS-13 gangbangers attacked and stabbed a Latin Kings gang member in an unprovoked jailhouse beatdown that was captured on video and ended with one of the suspects flashing a hand sign at the victim, federal authorities said Friday.
Luis (Inquieto) Rivas, 23, Dennis (Panda) Cabrera, 27, and Javier (Joker) Rodriguez, 33, were arrested Friday after they were indicted for assault as part of a racketeering enterprise.
The attack happened Oct. 22 at the Manhattan Detention Complex, better known as the Tombs, where the suspects were being held on various charges in different cases, including attempted murder, robbery and assault.
The victim suffered puncture wounds to his back, torso and arms.
After the attack, Rivas flashed a gang sign at the victim, authorities said.
Twenty minutes before the attack, Rivas, in a recorded phone call with his girlfriend, told about the Latin King and said “now these guys want to get him and they want to stab him…”
“Supposedly, the three of us have to do it, imagine and that would be another case, son of a b—h,” he continued. “All because of the damn gang.”
Rivas, based on the conversation, lamented what appeared to be an order to attack the King.
“If not, the one that would be stabbed would be me,” he told his girlfriend, according to a transcript of the call. “I’m telling you that sometimes I feel like taking my own damn life.
“This thing is garbage.”
The case is being handled by the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office because there is case law, a spokesman for the office said, that allows for prosecution in a particular federal district if a criminal enterprise is based there.
MS-13’s New York base is Long Island, with some activity in Queens.
Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said the suspects attacked the victim “for no other reason than the inmate’s suspect affiliation with a rival gang.”