MINEOLA, N.Y. — Federal prosecutors have quietly unsealed an indictment saying three members of the MS-13 street gang were among those responsible for the April massacre of four young men found hacked to death in a New York park.
The indictment identified the defendants in the Long Island case as Alexis Hernandez, Santis Leonel Ortiz-Flores and Omar Antonio Villata.
A federal prosecutor declined to comment, saying any information released about the case would jeopardize an ongoing investigation.
Court records say the charges were unsealed Thursday.
The four victims were found slain near a soccer field in a park in Central Islip. They were identified as a 16-year-old, a 20-year-old and two 18-year-olds, including one visiting from Florida.
An attorney for Ortiz-Flores declined to comment. It was unclear whether the other men had attorneys.
A spree of MS-13 killings began in September with the deaths of Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16. They were walking in the area when MS-13 gang members allegedly tried to kidnap Cuevas. Mickens tried to fight off the kidnappers and both of the teenage girls were killed.