MS-13 gang is charged after a teenager’s remains found on Long Island, officials say

Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21, was arrested in the death of a teenager whose remains were found on Wednesday.

(Nassau Police)

A “self-admitted” MS-13 gang with a violent criminal history was charged with the murder of a teenager whose remains were found in New York a year after he was “viciously and barbarically” killed, the officials said.

Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21, was arraigned Thursday in the second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of a teen, who authorities did not identify. Benitez-Hernandez, was Wednesday arrested after authorities discovered human remains in a shallow grave in East Meadow on Long Island.

The gang was already in federal custody due to an immigration problem at the time of his arrest. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has returned, Fox News request for information.


Nassau County Police Department Det. Lt Stephen Fitzpatrick said in a Thursday press conference that the authorities believe that the motive for the murder is the “gang of dissatisfaction” with the teenager’s actions.



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“It’s more gang’s displeasure with his activities within the group, or it was something that they felt is disrespectful to them or a threat for them,” Fitzpatrick said.

Benitez-Hernandez is believed to have killed the teenager, about a year ago with the help of a machete or cutting instruments to stab him multiple times, the usual violent techniques by MS-13 gang members, according to Fitzpatrick. The gang is also known to kill people in forested areas.

Prosecutor Jared rosenblatt said Benitez-Hernandez had “viciously and barbarically” fell to the teen, Newsday reported.

Fitzpatrick said Benitez-Hernandez has a “violent criminal history” that gang violence, weapons charges and a victim of harassment. At the time of the teenager’s death, Benitez-Hernandez was on parole.

The authorities believe that there are at least five MS-13 gang members linked to the killing.

Benitez-Hernandez on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, Newsday reported.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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