Sole survivor of MS-13 massacre also belonged to gang: law firm

The sole survivor of a deadly Very long Island ambush by MS-13 was a member of the vicious gang — and went household to rest after his 4 pals had been butchered, defense lawyers reported in courtroom Tuesday.

Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz, the crucial witness in the federal murder trial of alleged slay conspirator Leniz “Little Devil” Escobar, reported under cross-assessment that he by no means bothered to call cops or notify any individual ideal after he fled the 2017 massacre in a Central Islip park — introducing that he was unaware anyone else with him was getting fatally bludgeoned.

“After you escaped, you did not know if your friends had been injured or neeed aid?” asked defense lawyer Jesse Siegel.

“I didn’t know aything about them,” Ruiz replied.”You went residence?” Siegel said.

“Yes,” Ruiz answered.

“To sleep?” Siegel reported.

Ruiz responded, “Well, that probably may well seem cowardly, but my mind was tormented, and all I desired to do was go to bed and be house safe and sound.”

He informed Siegel he went to work at his landscaping career the future day — and a police witness has said Ruiz later led cops to the grisly scene that working day.

Siegel also claimed in court docket Tuesday that Ruiz admitted to a cop he was an MS-13 member much less than a thirty day period prior to the massacre that killed four young men.

In a weird courtroom exchange, Ruiz, 22, denied he ever informed the cop he was a member during his March 15, 2017, marijuana bust — although the discussion is referred to in a police report.

“[The officer] asked you a good deal of concerns about your MS-13 affiliation,” Siegel stated to Ruiz.

Ruiz responded, “I’ll be candid.

“[The cop] said, ‘Donald Trump doesn’t want you men right here, so I’m likely to do whatever I have to do to get you out of here.’ “

The victims of the MS-13-connected quadruple homicide in Central Islip, Extensive Island.

Then-President Trump traveled to Extended Island in July 2017 to rail from avenue gangs, specifically extremely-violent MS-13, noting the quadruple murder of Ruiz’s buddies a few months before.

Siegel stated, “[The officer] asked you about MS-13?”

Ruiz replied, “No, the only point he stated to me was about Donald Trump.

“[Ambush victim] Michael [Lopez] could realize him, and he instructed me,” explained Ruiz, indicating Lopez assisted translate the cop’s responses from English to Spanish for him.

Leniz Escobar, a.k.a. “Diablita," or "Little Devil."
Leniz Escobar, a.k.a. “Diablita” or “Little Devil.”
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But Siegel introduced a Fb Messenger exchange involving Ruiz and some of the eventual victims of the April 11, 2017, attack, instructing them how to sign up for MS-13.

“I’m down,” ambush target Jorge Tigre wrote at one level. “I’ll do it.”

Ruiz recognized himself in the course of the on the internet exchange as “Alexander,” adopted by the MS-13 hand sign and the variety 13.

Escobar, 22, an MS-13 hanger-on, is accused of luring Ruiz and his mates to their deaths to curry favor with the gang.

Nicknamed “Diablita,” Escobar smirked in an eerie police mug shot and giggled and joked with a paralegal in courtroom Tuesday.

Her smile disappeared when prosecutors named her previous boyfriend, Sergio Vladimir Segovia Pineda, one of the MS-13 killers, to testify.

Pineda, 23, whose nickname is “Temible” — Spanish for fearsome or one to be feared — is a cooperating witness who pleaded responsible to his purpose in the brutal slayings but has not been sentenced. 

“What was her role in the murders?” prosecutor Justina Geraci requested Pineda.

The area inside a Central Islip park where Escobar allegedly lured the teens to their death by the MS-13 gang.
The space inside a Central Islip park exactly where Escobar allegedly lured the teens to their fatalities by the MS-13 gang.
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The youthful gentleman replied, “She was one particular of those people who served influence the victims to arrive out to wherever we, the members of the gang, could destroy them.”

“I was 1 of the participants,” he additional for the duration of the chilling testimony. “I assisted capture the victims and helped destroy the victims.”

In spite of Siegel’s competition that Ruiz was a member of MS-13, Pineda claimed the team was specific since they ended up with a rival gang. 

In his testimony Monday, Ruiz said Escobar and yet another teen invited the witness and his pals to smoke cannabis at the park when they ended up set upon by “eight or nine” members of MS-13.

Ruiz fled, while his 4 buddies were butchered with machetes, knives, an ax and even tree limbs, in accordance to police.

Killed in the assault had been Lopez, 20, Tigre, 18, and Jefferson Villalobos, 18, and 16-year-outdated Justin Llivicura, authorities claimed.

In other testimony Tuesday, Suffolk County Homicide Detective Jeffrey Bottari described the bloody carnage at the Lengthy Island park.

“I’ve noticed the unimaginable, or so I considered right until I noticed this,” Bottari reported.

“This was by far a single of the most horrific criminal offense scenes we’ve at any time handled,” he reported. “It will be etched in my memory, as it will be for everybody following this. It was vicious. It was unimaginable.” 

He claimed investigators located “two very substantial blood swimming pools,” along with “brain issue, parts of human cranium, cranium fractures, drag marks, a path of blood.

“Blood droplets on the fence in which men and women experienced experimented with to escape,” he testified. “The bodies were dragged across the asphalt pathway.”

Escobar’s demo started Monday and is envisioned to previous 3 to four weeks.