Police: 18 gang indictments in NYC arson case

The News Leader

July 21, 2010 11:32:57 AM PDT
Authorities say 18 members of a Latin Kings faction have been indicted after two Brooklyn residential buildings were torched during a gang feud.

The Brooklyn district attorney, police and fire commissioners announced the indictments on Wednesday. Most of the 18 were charged with arson; all face conspiracy counts.

Authorities say the takedown included all the leaders of the so-called "Borough Park Homicide Squad."

They say the target of the arsons had been stripped of his Latin King status over disagreements with gang leaders.

They say he then stabbed a gang leader's brother. Molotov cocktails were thrown in retaliation for the stabbing.

No one was injured in the fires. But one destroyed a multifamily dwelling where an elderly woman and young children lived.


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