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1 COUNTY OF SUFFOLK DISTRICT ATTORNEY S OFFICE THOMAS J. SPOTA DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2014 North Fork street gang defendants arraigned on 7-count indictment Three members of the MS-13 street gang arrested October 14 in connection with a violent conflict involving members of rival street gangs on the east end were arraigned today in criminal court in Riverhead on a grand jury indictment, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Suspected MS-13 members Jeremias Recinos Torres of Aquebogue and Pedro Santamaria, 31, of 118 Washington Avenue, Greenport, today pleaded not guilty to two counts of gang assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a firearm. A third MS-13 suspect, Walter Vasquez, 17, of 360 Second Street Greenport, also pleaded not guilty today to the assault charges in the indictment. The fourth defendant, Freddy Torres Campos, 17, of Rt. 25 Southold, pleaded not guilty yesterday (October 21) to six assault and gang assault charges. According to Southold Town police shooting incident stemmed from a dispute between MS-13 and 18th Street gang members four days earlier at the Third Street Park in Greenport. Shortly after midnight on October 14, the two victims, allegedly members of the 18 th Street gang, were seen by the MS-13 members as they walked along Route 25 and South Harbor Road.

2 During the confrontation, as many as five shots were fired from a.22 caliber handgun during the confrontation. During the investigation, town police recovered a loaded.22 caliber semiautomatic handgun. State Supreme Court Justice William Condon unsealed the indictment and presided at each defendant s arraignment. The bail, defense attorney and next court date information for the four defendants: Justice Condon set $500,000 cash/ $1 million bond on Walter Vasquez. Lane Bubka is his defense attorney. The next Court date is 11/6/14, Justice Condon set $500,000 cash/ $1 million bond on Jeremias Torres. Luis Pagan is his defense attorney. The next Court date is 11/21/14, Justice Condon set $500,000 cash/ $1 million bond on Freddy Campos. Eric Besso is his defense attorney. The next Court date is 11/12/14, Justice Condon set $500,000 cash/ $1 million bond on Pedro Santamaria. The Legal Aid Society is the attorney of record. The next Court date is 11/21/14 THE INDICTMENT: COUNTY COURT : SUFFOLK COUNTY X THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, -against- WALTER VASQUEZ aka SPARKY, FREDDY FERNANDO TORRES CAMPOS aka EXTRANO, CASE NUMBER I-2389A-2014 I-2389B-2014

3 PEDRO EMILIO SANTAMARIA aka LOCO, JEREMIAS NATHANAEL RECINOS TORRES aka CONEJO, I-2389C-2014 I-2389D-2014 Defendant X BVF COUNT ONE: ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE BVF COUNT TWO: ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE BVF COUNT THREE: GANG ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE BVF COUNT FOUR: GANG ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE DVF COUNT FIVE: ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE DVF COUNT SIX: ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE EF COUNT SEVEN: CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM (As to defendants Pedro Emilio Santamaria and Jeremias Nathanael Recinos Torres only) FOREPERSON ASSISTANT FOREPERSON OCTOBER 14, NOVEMBER 9, 2014 GRAND JURY NUMBER 1A TERM XI THOMAS J. SPOTA DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUFFOLK COUNTY

4 COUNT ONE ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in violation of Section (1) of the New York State Penal Law, cause such injury to that person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. COUNT TWO ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in violation of Section (1) of the New York State Penal Law, cause such injury to that person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

5 COUNT THREE GANG ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in violation of Section of the New York State Penal Law, intent to cause serious physical injury to another person whose name is known to the Grand Jury and aided by two or more other persons actually present, did cause serious physical injury to that person. COUNT FOUR GANG ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in violation of Section of the New York State Penal Law, intent to cause serious physical injury to another person whose name is known to the Grand Jury and aided by two or more other persons actually present, did cause serious physical injury to that person.

6 COUNT FIVE ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE, in violation of Section (1) of the New York State Penal Law, cause serious physical injury to that person. COUNT SIX ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE, in violation of Section (1) of the New York State Penal Law, cause serious physical injury to that person.

7 COUNT SEVEN PEDRO EMILIO SANTAMARIA AKA LOCO AND JEREMIAS NATHANAEL RECINOS TORRES AKA CONEJO, of the crime of CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, in violation of Section b(1) of the New York State Penal Law, The defendants, Pedro Emilio Santamaria aka Loco and Jeremias Nathanael Recinos Torres aka Conejo, while acting in concert with each other, on or about October 14, 2014, in Suffolk County, New York, knowingly possessed a firearm. SCDA COMMUNICATIONS, SUFFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ###

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