13-year-old girl arrested after body was found in Queens Park

Odette Odendaal
Dec 25, 2018
10:44 P.M.

Five people got arrested on December 22 in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a park with a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy among the people arrested.


The victim, 23-year-old Ian Cruz was found in Bayswater Point State Park in Queens on December 16 and pronounced dead at the scene.


Four of the five suspects face charges of criminal possession of weapon and murder including the 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, while the 5th suspect, an 18-year-old Elmer Guttierez, got charged with criminal weapons possession.

While the 13 and 15-year-old’s names have not been released, the others involved and charged are Carlos Guerra, 18, and Yonathan Sanchez, 22.


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According to the New York police department, Ian Cruz got found about a mile from where he lived with multiple gunshots wounds to the head from a .22 caliber gun.

After the arrest of the five suspects in their shared bedroom in Far Rockaway, police found the .22 caliber gun and close to a thousand live rounds of ammunition.


All the suspects got arraigned and charged as adults while held without bail. While information regarding the suspects' attorneys has not been available, it is suspected that the killing may have been linked to the MS-13 gang.

Ian Cruz’ body was found wearing only underwear and socks with trauma to his bead and body. Four bullets got removed from Ian’s body during an autopsy, while analysis of the bullets found showed that they came from the seized .22 caliber gun found in the suspects' room.


The crime is bad enough on its own, but being committed by such youngsters are even worse, with a similar case that presented itself on August 12 after Beverly Jenkins from Atlanta got shot while driving home from her job at a center for homeless mothers.

Beverly got shot in the head, much like Ian, near the intersection of Westview Drive and Hopkins Street in southwest Atlanta.

While the 18-year-old Adarius Jones got arrested, the second suspect, 18-year-old Khalid Bays remains at large and sought by the police.


Gang-related killings often include initiation shootings, as the 17-year-old Ross Capicchioni found out earlier this year. Unsuspecting, Ross got driven to a secluded spot by a friend who wanted to become a member of a local gang.

After shooting Ross in the arm, head, and chest, he left him for dead. Fighting to stay alive, Ross tried to walk to get help and came across a probation officer, who saved his life.

Police arrested Ross’s shooter after a person he bragged to about the shooting contacted authorities.

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