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Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

Friday, February 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city’s history.

Idelfonso Mendez

Idelfonso Mendez

Idelfonso Mendez admitted Thursday to gang assault, but not to any hate crime charges. He agreed to a 14-year prison term.

The 26-year-old Mendez and several other men were accused of beating and torturing two teens and a man in 2010 because the attackers believed the victims were gay. Five others also have pleaded guilty.

The suspects, ranging in age from 16 to 23 at the time of the attack, lured a gang recruit, a 17-year-old male they suspected was gay, into an unoccupied apartment on Oct. 3, 2010. “He was beaten and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger,” according to then-NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

The attackers shouted anti-gay slurs during the attack, he said.

In the subsequent attacks, the gang members allegedly lured another 17-year-old victim, and a 30-year-old man to the same apartment with a story that there was a party there. The gang believed that both teens had gay encounters with the older male.

The 30-year-old victim was reportedly stripped, beaten and sodomized with a small baseball bat, according to police.

Mendez said he took “full responsibility for everything that happened,” though he said he was high on drugs when police questioned him and many statements attributed to him weren’t true.

The Bronx district attorney’s office says the victims wanted to avoid testifying at a trial.

The attackers were all members of the Latin King Goonies street gang.

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  1. So, sorry for posting this as a random comment, but I found no way to actually contact this page. What does the Q stand for? I’ve never seen that one before .-.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:26pm
  2. Queer

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm
  3. ... perhaps Queer?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm
  4. Some people say it stands for queer. I most often hear that it means questioning.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:30pm
  5. Queer

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:35pm
  6. That’s what you get

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:26pm
  7. And people want me to believe that it is a safe world for gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered people to live and no it’s not

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm
  8. Hell no it's not safe. Depends on where you are, & where you travel to.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:09pm
  9. Clovis Rockwell its for questioning ;)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm
  10. 14 should be 40!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm
  11. Queer? My that’s old school.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:31pm
  12. Clovis Rockwell Queer or Questioning. Some people also include an I for intersex

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:31pm
  13. I hope he gets raped day with more then a broom handle.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:35pm
  14. I believe its questioning because queer would be implied to the l.g in the lgbtq….some places have lgbtcq which i know is lesbian gay bi-sexual trangender curious and questioning. Then they decided curious and questioning are pretty much the same

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:36pm
  15. 14 years for torture? NOT ENOUGH! String the bastards up!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:36pm
  16. Slice off their cock & balls, then put them in a cell with Big Old Tony. Afterall, Tony needs some love, too. BUTT FUCK them to death.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:07pm
  17. Eww. So graphic.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:09pm
  18. I hope they throw the book at HIM !!! No let ME DO IT !!! ;-p

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:36pm
  19. hang him!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:36pm
  20. Good

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:37pm
  21. so we know he did it he admitted to it enough said exectue!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:37pm
  22. Yep, fry his fucking ass.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:05pm
  23. Big Bubba Will Make Him His BITCH Lmao

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:38pm
  24. Beat him to death, right now.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:38pm
  25. I bet this guy’s so fucking gay he pisses rainbows. When you go this far to beat up and sodomized gay males, you are the very thing you hate. (this link was blocked by my computer security) I couldn’t read the entire link. I thought this was about the Transgender female Islan Neetles.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:40pm
  26. Justice has been served.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:42pm
  27. Not even close.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:08pm
  28. LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE OR THE DEATH SENTENCE. Nothing else will do.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:42pm
  29. His sentence is a joke! FUCK HIM with a bat, first.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:44pm
  30. Calm down

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:48pm
  31. Nope, can't calm down. This is NOT acceptable.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:03pm
  32. Is it just me that thinks he should have “gay discriminator” on his head and spend all his prison time with the big boys. Make him the bitch?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:43pm
  33. People really should calm down… They’re punishing him, maybe it’s not a long enough sentence, but isn’t this group’s entire image based around tolerance and acceptance? How can we expect hate to stop if we just fling it on another group?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:54pm
  34. I’m gay and I agree with Clovis Rockwell some of these comments are so filled with hate. even though he did wrong I hope that one day he will be able to change for the good and that he receives the love and tolerance that we all have for each other as human beings.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:01pm
  35. PUT HIS FUCKING ASS IN PRISON FOR LIFE. Then we're even.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:05pm
  36. And waste prison space and tax money? ...I think not, don't gangs live by using bullets? He should get a bullet right between the eyes....After being completely humiliated and tortured and beaten...

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:17pm
  37. …shame on you coward! Shame on you!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:02pm
  38. Not to give myself bad karma, but I think his azz needs a good ol fashioned azz beating for what’s it worth. No one should be hurt or killed for who they are or love. Love conquers hate!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:06pm
  39. Glad they got them! Bastards!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:13pm
  40. Throw him in a cage with a 2500lb silverback gorilla that’s strung out on pcp and viagra :P

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:20pm
  41. Life in prison in Falluja, Iraq

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:22pm
  42. PIECES OF SHIT WASTE OF HUMAN LIFE SHOULD ALL BE GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:28pm
  43. Waste of sperm. Not news.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:41pm
  44. Sad that this has to happen , But these people are taught to victimize children and adult by the ranting os religious leaders who teach Hate in their Sunday sermons against gays and others they need unwanted. It has been going on for thousands of years.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:51pm
  45. have fun getting treated like shit in jail. guess you’ll know how it feels. only difference is that you actually deserve it. these innocent people did not. please rot in hell.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:56pm
  46. I am shocked at what happened but perhaps more shocked at the wish for a violent response here. Lowering ourselves to his level is never the answer. Does that mean if suddenly gay people were the majority that the same kind of violent intolerance would happen against straight people that now happens to gays. Sickens me to read some of these responses.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:22pm