First of 8 alleged gang members indicted in fatal mistaken identity stabbing

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Chief Terence Monahan/NYPDChiefofDept(NEW YORK) — Prosecutors lodged criminal charges against an Indiana man after he allegedly dropped his gun in Ikea and a 6-year-old boy picked it up and fired it.

Francis T. Wright, 62, of Camby, Indiana was charged Thursday with criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon after the child found the gun in the cushions of a couch on display and fired one round, according to a statement from Sgt. Tom Weger of the Fishers Police Department.

“After conducting a full review, Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Buckingham filed criminal charges against the owner of the gun,” the statement said.

The first of the eight alleged gang members charged in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old Bronx teen was indicted by a grand jury, prosecutors said Friday.

The Bronx grand jury handed up an indictment charging Kevin Alvarez, 19, second degree murder in the stabbing death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, prosecutors said during a brief appearance Friday.

Police said Guzman-Feliz, known to friends as “Junior,” and member of NYPD Law Enforcement Explorer program, was mistaken for someone else when members of the Trinitarios street gang attacked him with a knife and a machete earlier this month.

He later died after running three blocks to a nearby hospital.

Alvarez turned himself in to police after the attack. The seven other suspects were arrested later and are expected to be indicted next week.

Alvarez’ attorney, Manuel Portela, said he would not discuss the “the underlying circumstances of the case.”

“But what I can tell you about Kevin Alvarez is up until this day he had no criminal history, no history of violence,” Portela said. ” … He was in the U.S. military [and] received a medical honorable discharge prior to this incident.”

Alvarez is due back in court on July 16.

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