From the Times Ledger:
A Woodhaven teen who is a member of the ferocious MS-13 gang was convicted last week of gang assault and other charges in the 2007 attack on a 19-year-old outside of a Laundromat and deli in Flushing, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Three MS-13 gang members approached the 19-year-old, whose name was not released, outside of a Laundromat at 43-78 162nd St. and asked if he had any affiliation with a gang, Brown said.
The victim said he did not belong to a gang and did not believe in them and entered a corner deli.
When he left the deli, he was confronted by 11 men, including Jose Hiraeta, 19, of 89-17 86th St. in Woodhaven and co-defendant Jose Molina, 20, of 59-10 174th St. in Fresh Meadows, who threatened and attacked the victim with a bicycle chain, plastic milk crate and fists and kicks, the DA said.
The gang also stole two necklaces and the victim’s shoes before fleeing, Brown said.
The victim suffered laceration and bruising to his forehead, right ear, back and shoulders and his front tooth was knocked out, Brown said.
Hiraeta, who has two horns tattooed on his forehead, and Molina were arrested within three weeks after the victim was able to pick them out of photo arrays, the DA said.
MS-13 originated in El Salvador and has a large presence in the United States. Members of the gang were responsible for the murders of 15-year-old Pashad Gray Dec. 24, 2006, and Maurice Parker, 21, May 18, 2007.