MS-13 Gangster Carlos "Silencio" Ortega Indicted For Attempted Murder Of Voice Source, Murder Of Two Others

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The MS-13 gangster who admitted to shooting one of our sources in the head -- and fatally shooting one of his friends -- was formally indicted today by a federal grand jury. Additionally, Carlos "Silencio" Ortega, 22, was indicted in the machete-to-the-face murder of a fellow MS-13 gangster who refused to "put in work" for the gang by murdering a rival gangster.

In all, Ortega was hit with 12 counts (racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and related conspiracy and firearms counts) for the February 17, 2010, murder of David Sandler and attempted murder of our source -- who wished to not be identified. The charges also include the murder of Ortega's fellow gangster Mario Alberto Canton Quijada, about a month later on March 17, 2010. As we mentioned, Ortega admitted to hacking Quijada to death with a machete.

See our previous stories on "Silencio" here and here.


According to a 14-page federal indictment, provided to the Voice by the U.S. Attorney's Office, "Silencio" and other MS-13 gangsters, including Jimmy Sosa, who has the less-impressive gang name of "Junior," agreed to "put in work" for the gang on February 17, 2010, by murdering a member of a rival gang.

The gangsters cruised around Brentwood in a Ford Explorer that night looking for rival gangsters to kill, which is when they found Sandler -- who they believed to be a member of the Latin Kings, a rival street gang -- at a deli near Timberline Drive and Second Avenue (Sandler's friend -- who also was shot in the head that night -- disputes that he and Sandler were gang members. He admits that he and Sandler sold weed, but says MS-13's beef with Sandler was over a girl, not over gang affiliations. Get the full story here).

According to the indictment, the MS-13 members knew that Sandler and our source sold weed, so they devised a plan to arrange a drug deal and then kill them when they showed up with the marijuana.

Sosa approached Sandler and asked if he could buy some weed. The two men exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet later to make the deal.

Shortly after, Sandler told the gangsters that he had the weed, and they could meet him back at the deli to pick it up. "Silencio" and Sosa told him they'd rather meet somewhere more isolated, but Sandler insisted they meet at the deli.

"We were already feelin' iffy about it. We didn't want to go. But [Sandler] got them to meet us at the deli," our source says later.

When the gangsters showed up, Sandler was there with our source. "Silencio," who previously had agreed to kill Sandler, approached the two men with Sosa. When Sosa handed Sandler the money, "Silencio" started shooting, hitting Sandler in the head and hand. Our source also suffered a gunshot wound to the head, but survived. He credits Sandler with saving his life that night.

Sosa and another alleged MS-13 gangster were arrested shortly after the shooting. "Silencio" got away.

The indictment also alleges that "Silencio" was involved in the murder of Quijada, an MS-13 member who refused to carry out the murder of a rival gangster.

According to the indictment, on March 17, 2010, Quijada was given a final chance by MS-13 leadership to kill the rival gang member. He refused, which, it turns out, is a mistake in the world of violent street gangs.

MS-13 leadership held a meeting that night to determine how they should deal with Quijada's refusal to follow orders. Their conclusion: he obviously had to die.

Early the next morning, a group of MS-13 gangsters -- including our boy "Silencio" -- lured Quijada to a beach in Far Rockaway, where one of the gangsters attempted to shoot him in the head. However, the gun jammed, so "Silencio" hacked him up with a machete and then took turns stabbing him with the other gangsters.

One of the blows from the machete, the complaint notes, "penetrated deep into Quijada's skull, through his eye-socket, which resulted in the machete becoming lodged in the skull."

Last month, members of a federal task force located "Silencio" and took him into custody. Following his arrest, "Silencio" admitted to being associated with MS-13 and to murdering Sandler and Quijada.

"Silencio" is an illegal immigrant originally from El Salvador.


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JoeNY
JoeNY

Thank you Mike Bloomberg for making NYC a "sanctuary" city. With your hard work you have made the streets of the outer boros unsafe for the few hard working, tax paying residents that still reside here by offering illegal alien gang members a safe haven. You have effectively undermined Rudys hard work and turned the city back into the wild west, the difference being only the bad guys have guns. Must be nice to have your own security detail while the rest of us are thrown to the wolves. 

TimeToTurnALeaf
TimeToTurnALeaf

The law must come down hard on violent crimes, and murder.  These thugs have tattoos labeling them right on there face, they are not hard to find, time to clean up the streets police instead of waiting for crime to happen!

Gakfire
Gakfire

My friend was looked over by a carload of these punks right before they committed a murder in Lynbrook (NY). They killed a family man on his front lawn. They are cowards of the worst kind. Those gang tatts would get them a savage beating from police in their home countries. Why not here ?

slashandshimmy
slashandshimmy

I would like for nothing more than for our stellar government officials to lavish the appropriate and rather largish amounts of money on this beautiful and misguided child, who has just had the misfortune of being unfairly labled "undocumented" (oh, who are we kidding?? He is NOT undocumented!! That is a BAD word created by the latino-hating Jon and Ken, which I wish to never hear again. Ok?? Can we never say this ugly word again, and instead .. call these cute, bright young hispanic men "Dreamers," which is what they truly are. Why can't we let them follow their DREAMS, America?

For, it is very clear, that he has simply been "wrongly imperialized" by the racist white republican men of America.

Shame on our country for failing him! Let us help him DREAM, and follow this dream by attending college, at zero cost to him ... make all the racist white men pay. In fact, let us reimburse him for ALL of his expenses so that he can just focus on his studies, the poor, dear sweet little angel! How about we do the RIGHT THING comrades, and send all of his wonderful buddies to school with him, so that he won't feel too lonely while he is there. They can form  a wonderful study group together, it would be so delightful! This sweet child is our future, people. Don't let him down!

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