MS-13 gangsters indicted for two murders on Long Island - Victims Were Killed in Uniondale Park and at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru in Hempstead

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Two members of MS-13 were indicted on October 4, 2023, and charged with with multiple racketeering offenses in connection with two murders, a narcotics trafficking conspiracy, as well as with related charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking offenses.

The two men are Carlos Humberto Aquino-Hernandez, 22, also known as “Caprichoso” and “Flaco” (“Aquino-Hernandez”), who is a member of the Coronados Locos Salvatruchas subgroup or “clique” of the MS-13, and Gerson Hernandez, 22, also known as “Steven Jefferson,” “Jeffrey,” “Serio,” “Serioso” and “Necio,” who is a member of the Hempstead Locos Salvatruchas clique of the MS-13.

Hernandez was arraigned last week before United States Magistrate Judge Lee G. Dunst at the federal courthouse in Central Islip and was ordered detained pending trial.  On October 6, 2023, Aquino-Hernandez was ordered removed in custody from the District of Maryland and will be arraigned in the Eastern District of New York at a later date.

Murder of Walter Ochoa

Walter Ochoa was targeted by MS-13 members who suspected him of being a member of a rival street gang.  Ochoa’s murder was also committed in retaliation for the killing of an MS-13 member 11 days earlier which the MS-13 blamed on the 18th Street gang.  On the evening of July 19, 2022, Ochoa was with another individual in Uniondale Park when they were approached by the defendants and a third MS-13 member, who were armed with a .45 caliber handgun and at least one knife.  After they shot Ochoa to death and stabbed him in the neck and abdomen, the three MS-13 members fled the park.

Murder of Hector Valencia Gomez

Surveillance footage from the McDonald’s restaurant revealed that on the afternoon of September 14, 2022, Hernandez and an MS-13 associate were being chased by Gomez towards a dumpster next to the McDonald’s drive-thru.  Hernandez waved over Aquino-Hernandez who was armed with a 9-millimeter handgun.  Aquino-Hernandez fired at Gomez, who was running in between cars lined up at the drive-thru.  Gomez stumbled several steps before collapsing, after which point Aquino-Hernandez fired additional rounds at Gomez as he lay on the pavement.  The MS-13 associate also struck Gomez in the arm with a large knife.  The surveillance video also shows a mother and her small child, several feet away from the attack, running for cover during the shooting.  Hernandez and Aquino-Hernandez were later arrested in Maryland where they had traveled to avoid apprehension for the murders.

Finally, the defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana on Long Island, the proceeds of which were used to help finance the MS-13’s criminal operations, including purchasing firearms, ammunition and other weapons, and sending money to MS-13 leadership in Central America.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to life in prison, or the possibility of the death penalty.  The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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