Latin King Goonies

Purported members of the "Latin King Goonies" gang  (file/credit: CBS 2)

6th Bronx Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty In Brutal 2010 Anti-Gay Assaults

Idelfonso Mendez pleaded guilty Thursday to gang assault, though not to any hate crime charges, in the October 3, 2010 beating that authorities described as a violent act mixed with gang ideology, sexual assault, torture and bias against gays.


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NY Indictment: 2 Charged In Gay Attack Are Victims

Members of a street gang who attacked a gay man and a recruit because they believed the two had a sexual encounter also turned on two of their own during the rampage, according to new court documents.


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Charges Dropped Against 3 In Brutal Bronx Anti-Gay Attack

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against three people accused of taking part in anti-gay attacks on two men and two teens, citing a lack of evidence.


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Experts: Gang Taboos Fueled NYC Gay Bias Attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Late one Saturday, members of a gang in a Bronx neighborhood spotted one of their recruits coming out of an apartment around the corner from their hangout. Most people in this […]


Ruddy Vargas-Perez's lawyer said his client is "absolutely distraught" over the attacks. (Photo/DCPI)

Lawyers: Bronx Gay Hate Crime Suspects Are Innocent

The lawyer for defendant Ruddy Vargas-Perez said his client was “absolutely distraught” and “as appalled as everyone else.”


Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, center,  stands with his attorney Benjamin Heinrich, foreground right, as Heinrich speaks to reporters after a hearing at Bronx Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in New York. Vargas-Perez is one of 10 suspects accused in anti-gay attacks on four men in the Bronx. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Prosecution Ready For Grand Jury In Bronx Anti-Gay Attacks

The prosecution says it’s ready to present grand jury evidence against the 10 suspects accused of anti-gay attacks on four men in New York City.


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2 More Suspects Charged In Bronx Anti-Gay Beatings

Ruddy Vargas-Perez and Jose Dominguez did not enter pleas during their appearance Tuesday night in the Bronx Criminal Court.


Ruddy Vargas-Perez's lawyer said his client is "absolutely distraught" over the attacks. (Photo/DCPI)

9th Suspect Arrested In Bronx Anti-Gay Beatings

Police have arrested a ninth suspect in the anti-gay attack and torture of two teenage boys and a 30-year-old man in the Bronx.

CBS New York–10/11/2010

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Bronx Bias Attack Suspects Head Back To Court

Investigators said two teens and a 30-year-old man were taken to a vacant house in Morris Heights earlier this month, tied up, sodomized and tortured.


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8 Gang Suspects Arraigned In NYC Anti-Gay Attack

Eight of the nine suspects in the brutal Bronx gang assault were arraigned on Sunday, making their first court appearance. They’re facing a variety of charges, including hate crimes.

CBS 2–10/10/2010

Rudy Vargas-Perez (credit: CBS 2)

Police Search For Final Bronx Beating Suspect

The NYPD says the first seven gang members charged in a sadistic spree of violence against two teens and a man all because they were gay have shown no remorse.


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NYC Officials Outraged Over Anti-Gay Gang Torture

Police are hunting down the last suspect in a heinous hate crime in the Bronx amid cries for the suspect to surrender to police.


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‘Horrifying’ Anti-Gay Attacks Stun The Bronx

New York City police say members of a Bronx street crew discovered one of their recruits was gay, so they brutally beat and tortured the teen and two other people.