Machete-Wielding MS-13 Gang Members Arrested For Attempted Murder On Long Island

It's the latest in a string of violent incidents involving the gang in New York City's suburbs. 

Three young members of the infamous MS-13 street were arrested Tuesday for an attempted murder on Long Island, where they’ve been terrorizing communities in recent months. NBC New York reports Nassau County police nabbed brothers Fidel Hernandez, 23, and Jose Hernandez, 26, of New Cassel, and 18-year-old Miguel Urias Arguenta for the attack, which happened in the town of Westbury. The threesome went after an area teenager with a large machete knife and shot at him after an altercation after midnight Sunday.

According to CBS News, police were called after the incident involving the 19-year-old victim. It started after one of the Hernandez brothers approached him and asked, "Why are you laughing?" After the victim replied, "I can laugh whenever I want," Fidel Hernandez went after him with a machete, scraping his stomach. As he ran off, Arguenta shot at him.

All three gang members have multiple prior arrests and are undocumented immigrants from El Salvador. The Hernandez’ are accused of striking a victim in the face with a machete in January, and Arguenta has a criminal case pending from 2016. The attacks happened not far from the Long Island towns of Brentwood and Central Islip, where MS-13 has been linked to the murder of two high school girls and a number of corpses found buried in the area. 

[Photo: Nassau County Police Department]

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