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Latin Kings members charged with brutal assaults, kidnapping: officials

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) — More than one dozen members of a Brooklyn “tribe” in the Latin Kings have been indicted on charges related to vicious attacks that left four injured, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced Thursday.

Members of the “Outlaws” tribe, which is based in Bushwick and East New York, allegedly conspired to murder two “disrespectful” rival members. The planned attack began September 2013, officials said.

The investigation revealed the organization’s manifesto allegedly permits Latin Kings to use violence on such members.

On September 27, 2013, a member of the “Hardbody” tribe in Park Slope was stabbed in the back and chest. Three others who were at the scene were also assaulted. All four victims survived the attacks.

Officials say Luis “King Humble” Blanco, or “First Crown” – the alleged leader of the Outlaws tribe – sent text messages about the violence and made videos of members with weapons as they hunted for their victims.

The following defendants were charged:

Louis Blanco, 26, also known as “King Humble,” also known as “Humble Willcutyou”
Andres Cruz, 24, also known as “King Scrap”
Richard Castillo, 25, also known as “King Savage,” also known as “Savage the Nightmare”
Jonathan Cintron, 27, also known as “King Happy”
Enrique Maldanaldo, 33, also known as “King Popoff”
Eddie Cintron, 22, also known as “King Get It”
Michelle Weng, 18, also known as “Queen Life”
Jonathan Corona, 27, also known as “King Prince”
Luis Martinez, 21, also known as “King Lucifer”
Demetrio Velez, 26, also known as “King Reckless”
Juan Santos, 22, also known as “King Gucci”
Cory Vella, 27, also known as “Niggler Diggler”
Arnaldo Trinidad, 20, also known as “King Naldo”
Elizabeth Torres, 18

Ten of the defendants were arrested Wednesday and four were already incarcerated. If convicted, each defendant faces up to 25 years in prison on the top count.

The investigation also revealed details about separate incidents.

On October 20, 2013, two members of the Jamaica Maya tribe were stabbed in Jamaica, Queens. Five months later on March 25, 2014, a member of the Woodhaven Maya tribe was lured to Bushwick, where he was stabbed in the head and body, as well as shot multiple times. The attack placed the victim in a medical coma for several weeks.

On October 21, 2014, another victim was pistol-whipped and taken into a Brooklyn home where Latin Kings member Lawrence Jimenez, 28, resides. The victim was lured by Victor Vargas, 33, who allegedly asked for help with his car.

The unidentified victim suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, a stab wound to his leg and other injuries. He was also allegedly robbed of $750.

Jimenez and Vargas were both charged, along with John Nunez, 36, and Jose Gago, 24. They were charged with second-degree kidnapping, first- and second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault, first- and second-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal use and criminal possession of a firearm.

“We must protect the community from these senseless acts of bloodshed – which were committed supposedly to enforce the Latin Kings manifesto, District Attorney Ken Thompson said.

“The streets of Brooklyn do not belong to the Latin Kings but to the people of Brooklyn, and our streets are now safer as a result of these arrests.”