Alleged members of the Bronx Trinitarios gang are currently being accused of tampering with the murder trial of 15 year old Lesandro Junior Guzman Feliz!
According to Pix 11 news, Assistant District Attorney Morgan Dolan informed court officials last week that she was confronted by a young Dominican male as she made her way to the courthouse. She explained that her security detail stepped in swiftly before anything escalated. “He got in my face, but didn’t say anything.” She says that he continued to watch her as well as her colleagues as they left.
Reports read that on Tuesday a group of Trinitaros members were seen hanging out near the Bronx Hall of Justice reportedly waiting to target the prosecution team’s key witness Kevin Alvarez after he testified.
“The people are treating this as a direct threat to the witness and prosecutors,” Morgan said. “Should a direct threat interfere with a witness, we will take action.”
Sources confirm that alleged leaders of the Trinitarios gang and defendants Diego Sureo and Frederick are on trial for the 2018 murder. Sureo is accused of setting up a hit against the teen.
Morgan is said to have told the court that Suero allegedly called Alvarez a “rat” during his on Tuesday. The defense team however argued that they have any knowledge of any threats or comments of anyone being called a “rat”.
Supreme Court Justice Martin Marcus is said to have warned defendants against any possibilities of an interference.
“An attempt to affect a witness in any way won’t be tolerated,” said Judge Marcus.
“That conduct will do you no good so you may want to deal with that if you can,” he said in regards of the gang members hanging near the courthouse.
Court documents read:
In the courtroom, Alvarez continued his testimony about how Suero ordered his soldiers to hunt and kill Sunset gang members.
He said a “357” hit was put on Junior, meaning they were going to kill the teen.
After following Junior to the bodega, Alvarez and another member dragged him out and beat him. Alvarez said he repeatedly punched Junior.
“He said ‘stop,’” Alvarez said the teen told him.
On June 20, 2018, Junior was slain by a group of Trinitarios gang members at the corner of 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue in Tremont. The teen was dragged out of a bodega and onto the street where he was stabbed with a knife and machete in a case of mistaken identity, authorities said.
The prosecution then played the video showing a bloody Junior staggering into the deli for help before being toldto leave. The gash on his
neck was dripping and left several pools of blood on the deli floor. The teen then exits the store and heads to St.
Barnabas Hospital, leaving another bloody trail behind, the footage shows.
The video shook Alvarez.
He sat quietly staring at the monitor with his hand over his mouth for a few moments. Dolan asked if he needed a minute, but there was no answer. The judge then asked Alvarez if he wanted a break, and he eventually nodded.
At that point, just after the video was done, Junior’s mother, Leandra Feliz, walked into the courtroom.
When Alvarez returned to the stand, he said there was a “357” order on him, and the code would last the rest of his life.
“They wanna kill me,” he said.
The defense, however, tells a different story.
Suero’s lawyer, Lynn Calvacca, painted Alvarez as a liar with a troubled and complicated past, from dropping out of high school to being discharged from the Army. Alvarez also admitted he was also a member of the Bloods gang for around three years.
Calvacca attacked Alvarez’s credibility, using an interview he did with a newspaper while he was locked up. Alvarez told the reporter that he didn’t know the crew chasing Junior had weapons and that he was not a member of a gang.
He testified to thecontrary on Tuesday.
Yes, I lied to presume myself innocent, that was my right,” Alvarez repeatedly said in a testy exchange.
On cross-examination, Alvarez said he was never told to kill someone, but was ordered by Suero to hunt for Sunset gang members.
Calvacca also went after his plea agreement with the state. Alvarez pleaded guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy and was let off with time served. Alvarez previously testified that he made the deal because he regretted the incident and he wanted to help the victim’s family.
But Calvacca didn’t buy that, telling him, “you took the easy way out.”
It has been indicated that Alvarez testimony is presume next week.