The Latin Kings, one of the most violent street gangs in America, saw the arrest of 14 alleged members in Brooklyn. The Latin Kings were arrested for shooting, stabbing, and also scalping their rivals across the city.
The Outlaw “tribe,” a faction of the Latin Kings, were led by 26-year-old Luis “King Humble” Blanco. The rest of the tribe had equally colorful names such as King Happy, King Savage, King Gucci, King Popoff, and the list goes on. In the past year, the gang has been dishing out some vicious gang violence against rival Latin Kings tribes across the city.
Chipper monikers notwithstanding, the group is accused of perpetrating some pretty gruesome acts of violence since 2013. According to the district attorney, a member of Park Slope’s Hardbody tribe was stabbed in the back, chest and nearly scalped, in addition to three other members who were assaulted. An investigation also found that members of the Maya tribe in Jamaica, Queens had incurred the wrath of the Kings, including one instance in which a member was “lured to Bushwick, where he was stabbed in the head and body and shot multiple times causing life threatening injuries and to be placed in a medical coma for several weeks.”
In a statement, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that the streets are “safe” after the arrests of the Latin Kings.
NYPD arrested 10 of gang members last Wednesday. Four of the members were already in jail. All 14 defendants have been arraigned in the borough’s Supreme Court and face up to 25 years in prison.
What we want to know is why didn’t one of the arrested, Elizabeth Torres, get a nickname?
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