MS-13 Members Charged in Attack Previously Released by Judges

Two of three MS-13 members arrested following a bat-and-knife attack outside a Burger King in New York on Wednesday previously had been held by Homeland Security, but were ordered released by federal judges.

Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, and Oscar Canales Molina, 17, now are facing 2nd-degree assault charges. All three entered the U.S. illegally as unaccompanied minors.

“All three defendants were previously confirmed as MS-13 gang members by the Suffolk County Police Department,” the District Attorney’s Office said. “Thereafter, Arevalo Lopez was detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Oct. 24, 2017, and was ordered released from custody by a federal District Court judge on June 12, 2018. Canales Molina was detained by ICE on July 24, 2017, and was released from custody by a federal judge on Nov. 28, 2017.”