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Ninth Gang Suspect Arrested in Anti-Gay NYC Beatings

Ninth Gang Suspect Arrested in Anti-Gay NYC Beatings

Ruddy Vargas-Perez is still wanted by police for ties with Bronx gang that allegedly sodomized and tortured several men. [NYPD]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

October 12, 2010

BRONX, NY – The ninth and last member of the sadistic Bronx crew accused of torturing a man and two teens because they were gay was finally in custody Monday, police said.

Cops said they captured Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, in a 10th-floor hallway of an apartment building on Richman Plaza in the Bronx just before 5 p.m.

Vargas-Perez, who does not live in the building, was being questioned by detectives last night. He had not yet been charged. His eight buddies in the so-called Latin King Goonies were arrested last week and are behind bars.

Police said they had been hunting Vargas-Perez since he skipped out on a deal to surrender Friday.

His lawyers challenged the police version of events, saying Vargas-Perez is innocent and “voluntarily” surrendered at the NYPD’s 41st Precinct stationhouse.

Lawyer Robert Georges said he spoke to detectives on Friday – the day police revealed the heinous crime spree – and brokered the deal for Vargas-Perez to surrender today. He said he had his client turn himself in early after seeing him portrayed as a fugitive.

“He was never on the run. He was never a fugitive,” Georges said.

Police officials say Vargas-Perez is the final suspect in the cruel, homophobic crime spree that turned a vacant, three-story house on Osborne Place in Morris Heights into a torture chamber.

The crew is charged with orchestrating a reign of terror during which they sodomized a 17-year-old fledging member of the gang and his 30-year-old lover with wooden objects.

A third 17-year-old was also beaten and tortured for hours, and the brother of one victim was robbed and left tied up with enough tape on his face to suffocate him.

“The perpetrators of the abuse and terror in the Bronx will be spared no mercy,” Mayor Bloomberg said last night in a speech to Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a gay rights advocacy group.

“Let me be clear, these incidents are completely unacceptable. They are intolerable in a city in which tolerance is what defines us,” Bloomberg said.

Police announced the arrests of seven members of the gang – including suspected 23-year-old ringleader Ildefonso (Cheto) Mendez – on Friday.

An eighth member, Elmer (Macho) Confresi, 23, surrendered Saturday.

The eight toughs were arraigned Sunday on a slew of charges, including gang assault, sexual assault, robbery, weapons possession and hate crimes.

The gang assault count alone is enough to put them away for 25 years if convicted.

Georges said Vargas-Perez is not a gang member and had no involvement in the torture fest.

“He’s just as outraged as everyone else over the incident,” the lawyer argued. “He’s going to testify that he had no involvement.”


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    hotmomperez03

    almost 4 years ago

    1898 Comments

    he aint going to be smiling in side no more lol

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    grant319

    almost 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    I'm just glad to hear they ALL got caught.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Throw the lot of them under the jail ....

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    2160 Comments

    I hope these maggots fry

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    I think the media is forgetting something....everyone involved was either a gang member or child molestor...I hope all of them get locked away.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Hmph. Lock him up for a good, long while. Hopefully he'll resist "dancing lessons" from Bubba in the jailhouse and get schooled.

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Glad that they caught this lowlife.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    The comment from one of the men harmed was, "They were my best friends, we hung out for years together." Even animals have their standards. SAD commentary.

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