18th street gang members charged for killing of MS-13 gang rival in Queens

A superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, charging 18th street gang members and associates Yanki Misael Cruz-Mateo, Yoni Alexander Sierra, Jose Jimenez Chacon and Saudi Levy Ramirez, with the February 2, 2018 murder of a member of the rival MS-13 gang.

A superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, charging 18th street gang members and associates Yanki Misael Cruz-Mateo, Yoni Alexander Sierra, Jose Jimenez Chacon and Saudi Levy Ramirez, with the February 2, 2018 murder of a member of the rival MS-13 gang.

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According to U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York and detailed in court filings, the defendants are members and associates of the Jamaica, Queens and Kingston, New York chapters of the violent 18th street gang.



On the night of February 2, 2018, a victim, known to the grand jury as John Doe 2, was discovered in the vicinity of 160th Street and 85th Avenue in the Jamaica Hills section of Queens. The victim had been shot multiple times in the head and torso.

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Few days after the murder, Cruz-Mateo admitted in text messages to shooting the victim because he believed the victim was a member of the rival MS-13 gang. Sierra, Chacon, and Ramirez are charged with the murder conspiracy of John Doe 2, along with Cruz-Mateo.