Feds ask court to revoke bail granted Trinitarios gang member involved in Bronx River Parkway beatdown
Ramon Paulino, 21, accused of beating a 14-year-old victim with a wooden log in the median of the Bronx River Parkway, is linked to the Trinitarios gang
Video captures the moment a 14-year-old was attacked and stabbed on the Bronx River Parkway.
Federal prosecutors are fighting to make sure a Trinitarios gang member stays locked up while awaiting trial on charges related to a broad-daylight beatdown linked to the murder of Bronx teen Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz.
Ramon Paulino, 21, is accused of bashing a 14-year-old boy with a log in the median of the Bronx River Parkway on June 18. Video shows 11 others joined Paulino in the vicious attack that left the young victim with stab wounds so severe he went into cardiac arrest. The teen barely survived.
“The attack on this child was brazen, committed in broad daylight, on the median strip of a busy parkway, and the evidence against Paulino is overwhelming,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mortazavi wrote to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in papers filed earlier this month.
“The defendant is a significant flight risk and he poses a danger to the community.”
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea previously told the Daily News the parkway attack is linked to the mistaken-identity slaying two days later in a Bronx Bodega of 15-year-old Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz.
The machete murder horrified the city, and authorities vowed to crack down on the Trinitarios gang.
The victim [left], in hospital after the brutal gang mob lynch – seen on the right
‘Ramon Paulino, one of 12 Trinitarios members named as suspects in th Bronx River Parkway assault is facing federal charges including gang assault. Paulino’s case is being handled by federal prosecutors. Around a dozen other suspects are still being sought.
Authorities say Paulino lifted a large log over his head and slammed it down on the ground onto the victim, who was also stabbed 13 to 16 times in the lung and kidney in the melee.
The New York Police Department released footage showing a 14-year-old boy being set upon by a large gang of men on June 18 on the Bronx River Parkway near East Gun Hill Road.
Police say the boy was swimming with friends in the Bronx River when a fight broke out with another group. The gang chased the boy before stabbing him several times during the brutal daytime assault.
According to the federal complaint, a high-ranking member of the Trinitarios gang ordered a hit on the 14-year-old victim because of a dispute between the victim’s girlfriend and a female member of the Trinitarios.
The 14-year-old victim allegedly, had identified himself as a member of the Grizzlies, a group affiliated with the Bloods gang. The Bloods are a main rival of the Trinitarios.
The boy was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition after suffering stab wounds to his lung and kidney.
The stabbing was followed by a shooting police which believe was retaliatory.
Ramon Paulino, is seen beating a 14-year-old victim with a wooden log [red circle], in the median of the Bronx River Parkway, is linked to the Trinitarios gang.
The government asked a judge to imprison Paulino during a hearing June 22. But federal magistrate judge Henry Pitman instead gave Paulino $100,000 bond and home incarceration monitored with an ankle bracelet.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Andrew Carter upheld Pitman’s ruling after a hearing.
“The crime that Mr. Paulino has been charged with is a serious crime, and I do take it seriously. However, this is not a crime for which Congress has indicated that there is a presumption that people charged with this sort of crime should be detained without bail,” Carter said.
Prosecutors have appealed Carter’s decision. While they wait for a decision, Paulino is being held in the Manhattan Correctional Center.
“The District Court clearly erred in ordering Paulino’s release,” Mortazavi argues.
A gang beef led Trinitarios to beat the 14-year-old on the parkway median, and Paulino joined in out of loyalty to the group, the feds say.
“He saw fellow gang members participating in an assault and felt obliged to partake to maintain his status in the gang,” Mortazavi said.
The government cited Paulino’s family ties to the Dominican Republic as evidence that he could easily flee the country.
Scene of Trinitarios beat down of a 14-year-old victim on New York’s Bronx River Parkway
Seeking to establish his pattern for violent conduct, prosecutors also noted he’d been convicted of disorderly conduct in April for barging into an acquaintance’s home with four others, carrying a wood bat and glass bottle. Paulino refused to leave and said he wanted to fight a woman’s boyfriend.
During a court hearing, Paulino’s lawyer, Jullian Harris, argued the video of the June 18 attack was not nearly as damning for Paulino as prosecutors made it out to be.
“What you see in the video is Mr. Paulino getting two licks in and walking away, while the other kids or other youth engage in the jumping of the complainant,” Harris said. “And then you see the complainant get up and walk away. That is what we have here in terms of Mr. Paulino’s involvement.”
Harris is expected to file papers regarding the appeal on Monday. A decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to quickly follow.