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Crime & Cases November 18, 2010  RSS feed

Cops Bust 20 In Suspected Gang Activity At Mafera Pk.

Precinct Breaks Up Alleged Initiation
by Robert Pozarycki

Twenty teenagers were recently collared by officers from the 104th Precinct who put a stop to an alleged gang initiation inside Joseph Mafera Park in Ridgewood, it was reported.

Law enforcement sources said the suspects—ranging between 13 and 19 years of age—were taken into custody by members of the 104th Precinct Conditions Unit for illegally gathering inside the park located at the corner of 65th Street and 68th Avenue at 7:25 p.m. on the night of Saturday, Nov. 6.

Upon further investigation, police sources stated, the individuals appeared to be taking part in a Latin King initiation ceremony.

The 20 teenagers—all residents of Brooklyn and Queens—were formally charged with unlawful assemstory bly. One of the 14-year-old suspects was additionally booked on criminal possession of a weapon charges.

Three of the suspects were identified by police as 19-year-old Frank Fortuna of Ridgewood, 18-year-old Carmelo Rodriguez of Brooklyn and 18-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez of an unknown address.

Police withheld the identities of the juvenile suspects due to their age.