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Alleged Trinitarios members accused of attacks at Rikers to 'protect the power' of the gang

Rikers Island
Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 16:27:18-04

RIKERS ISLAND — More than two dozen alleged Trinitarios gang members are accused of slashings and stabbings at the Rikers Island jail facility as part of efforts to preserve the gang's power, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said Thursday.

The 26 defendants, all current and former Rikers inmates, allegedly attacked rival gang members and fellow Trinitarios members accused of breaking gang rules, Clark said. There were 14 violent acts in the jail between September 2015 and July of 2019.

“During their time in Rikers Island, these defendants allegedly conspired and engaged in numerous slashings and stabbings that caused grievous wounds," Clark said. "They allegedly carried out these attacks in order to preserve and protect the power of the Trinitario gang, meting out punishment to their own members as well as rivals."

The Trinitarios gang was started by Rikers inmate Leonides Sierra in 1992. Jesus Zapata, 30, was the alleged leader of the gang on Rikers Island from 2017 to 2018, officials said. Hector Hernandez, 25, allegedly took command between 2018 to 2019.

The full list of defendants is below:

  1. Jesus Zapata, AKA Jeezy, AKA Jeezy Hendrix, 30
  2. Hector Hernandez, 25
  3. Jesus Matos AKA Savage, 22
  4. Pedro Valero, AKA Cuzzo, AKA, Montro, AKA Monstro, 28
  5. Francisco Nunez, AKA Buenon, AKA Buenom, AKA Buenon Pretty, AKA Sesenta, 22
  6. Jeremy Bello, AKA Pistola, AKA Pitola, AKA Coro, 29
  7. Brayan Lloret, AKA Brayon Lloret, AKA E.T., 22
  8. Daniel Hernandez, AKA Twitch, AKA Rico, 19
  9. Jonathan Davila, AKA Jonathan Davilla, AKA J.O., AKA J.O. Baller, 21
  10. Victor Capellan, AKA Tecato, 27
  11. Paul Corporan, AKA Grande, AKA El Cata, 21
  12. Marcos Espinal, AKA Ito, 23
  13. Darlin Feliz, AKA D-Block, 32
  14. Leonardo DelaCruz, AKA Peetie Po, 21
  15. Antonio Mora, AKA Chucky, 27
  16. Braian Chu, AKA Briann Chu, AKA Braian Berrea, AKA Brian Berrea, AKA Chino, 21
  17. Dennis Miller, AKA Menace, 26
  18. Jovier DelaCruz, 26
  19. Kelvin Cabrera, AKA Kevin Cabrera, 26
  20. Rafael Perez, AKA Haivita, 26
  21. Ariel Tavarez, 22
  22. Ernie Garcia, 22
  23. Diogenes Hernandez, AKA J.J., 19
  24. Jerry Polanco, 21
  25. Jose Panigua, AKA Bad Bunny, 19
  26. John Polanco, 21