Assembly candidate Russ Gallo points to turf tags allegedly made by Mexican-American gangs (Source: Gallo campaign)

Brighton Beach is seeing a startling rise in Mexican-American gangs, and locals say they’re “recruiting younger children, engaging in violent fights, extorting business owners, selling and buying illegal weapons, and creating small prostitution rings,” according to a recent news report.

Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Prensa recently covered the rise in gang activity in an article later translated by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Voices of New York project.

According to the report, Mexican-American gangs aren’t new in areas like Brighton Beach and Sunset Park, but activity has picked up and there are hints of a brewing turf war.

In Brighton Beach, the two gangs actively quarreling for territory are Escuadrón-Los Panchitos, a part of La Raza Loca, and their enemies, Los Niños Malos. The gangs prefer knives, machetes and “ice picks” – a piece of metal with “eight fingers.” Guns are used less frequently, purchased from other gangs or street contacts, a former gang member told El Diario.

The report also says they extort local business owners for protection money, sell marijuana and crack cocaine, and swap prostitutes – many underage – with brothels in exchange for protection.

The issue has not escaped the attention of Russell Gallo, the Republican candidate eyeing State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s seat in November.

Gallo put out a press release over the weekend, saying that he recently found Mexican gang tags on several buildings within just a small five block area spanning Avenue U from West 11th Street and Ocean Parkway to Avenue X between Shell Road and Ocean Parkway – just north of Brighton Beach. Gallo said the tags identified the gangs as Sureños 13 and La Raza (no connection to La Raza Loca), and in many spots tags were scratched out and painted over with other gang tags, indicating a possible war over territory.

“I see gangs fighting over ‘turf’ in our neighborhood.  And that fight could turn from paint to guns very quickly,” said Gallo.

Gallo touted his experience as a certified criminal analyst with the National Guard Bureau and the Counterdrug Task Force, where he trained NYPD authorities on gang-related matters.

Gallo noted that he wrote a letter and sent photos documenting the issue to 61st Precinct Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas.

 

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  • Anonymous

    So brighton is turning into a ghetto, huh?

    Let me try to decipher this chicken scratch. LXRZ K3V? Penmanship is not their strong suit.

    • Anonymous

      IT say LRZ KEV retard ;SOMEONE ELSE SCRATCHED IT OVER WITH THE SAME COLOR PAINT,duhhh!

  • Local

    I don’t understand what is the problem of taking that trash and put in jail or deport to wherever the f…k they came from. Because these little punks are going to grow up and become animals and do stupid things like that 19 year old negro did recently. There should be no tolerance towards this trash…

    • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

      Send them all back to Russia where the came from! But what should we do
      about the rising Mexican gang problem? (“Negro”? Showing your age.)

  • ShadowLock

    Looks like it’s time for deportation….

    Anyone wanting to keep these inbreeds in the states say I.

    Catch em, Deport em, Do not pass Go. Do not collect your $200

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=676990067 Maria Giggles

      Deport them where exactly? If they are kids I’m assuming most of them were born here.

  • Thatguy

    so they unload vegetables from trucks by day, and gang bang by night? 

  • Barkingspider07

    I’ve noticed the rise in the Mexican population in Brighton for a few years already.  Also, the number of Mexican workers in Manhattan.  They work in practically all the deli’s along Broadway, in the Wall Street area.  I didn’t know that they were forming gangs though.  They have been very quiet I guess, until just recently.  Sorry to hear this.  I hope that they stop these gangs and the parents aspire to educating their children, rather than allowing them to participate in illegal activity.

  • Pat Singer

    We at the Brighton Neighborhood Association are aware, concerned and are working with the 60th Precinct to curb their activity.  We are hoping to meet with the Precinct and
    some of the Hispanic families to win these children back from their influence.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      I wish you luck. But change isn’t going to happen unless the economics of that community changes. And that is not going to be easily accomplished.

      • bagels

        I don’t understand what you mean when you say the “economics of that community”. Affluent surban areas can also have problems with gangs. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step and reaching out to  families, who may or may not be legal, is not very glamorous but it can be very effective at minimizing the influence of gangs on middle school kids. 

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          The perception of the suburbs isn’t always the reality. Poor communities exist there as well. There are groups of suburban youths who also engage in anti-social activity, but the nature of it is different. Often the poor engage in crime because they don’t see any way out of a life of hopeless poverty. They certainly are making bad choices, what is needed is to give them some better ones.

          • JR

            actually only America has the suburbs (mostly) for the rich or affluent… every other country has the poor living in the suburbs and the rich in the central city itself… This just makes way more sense to me

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            In a lot of places rich and live very close to each other. Sometimes spitting distance. This is not just true in this country.

          • Lucky Lady

            Not any more. More and more of the suburbs in America have become poor enclaves. Look at what’s happening in Long Island.

    • Guest

       Hey Pat,

      My friend is a big fan of yours and everytime he sees you in Wheelers he gets shy around you to ask for an autograph. Can you please send him an autograph picture of yourself?

      • Pat Singer

        Point him out. The hell with an autograph, I will happy to buy him a drink!

  • Mehhh

    Really????brooklyn mexicans are tiny lil tile breakers….fuck outta this part with your Vatos Locos before you run into someone that can afford a weapon and not a bunch of plastic straws melted together to look like a knife.Ese

  • You Users

    Are you kidding me. Mexicans taking over Russia in Brighton Beach. Oh, they might get medicare, medicaid, mercedez. The horror. Show me a store in Brighton beach where the russian are employed. Oh you cant. Right. Deport the owners of the store. I rest my case.

  • Ishast

    Doesn’t anyone remember the huge hispanic crime wave in Brighton Beach about 10 years ago? I believe the dominant gang back then was LF (Loving Family) – not like it matters. But I can’t recall how that ended though.

    • Mehhh

      Do you mean TF?Together Forever…never heard LF…the Loving Family….I would like to join the LF,mine hates me

  • NI51965

    How are they moving into these areas,where housing is so high priced? Are landlords turning housing into rooming houses?

  • heya

    how do u report illegal aliens. and how do u collect the 200 dollers. thanks.

  • Guest

    Darn. We had this problem in the 70′s, I thought the Russians did away with it. 

  • Annieh1994

    a lot of these comments are pretty racist

    • Mehhh

      why?Mexican gangs kill people so we don’t like that…no racism..just today a mexican carried my groceries and I said thank you young Mexican lad and patted him on the head

  • Ron123

    Might as well add “SDN” & “PCS” to the mix. THese are two gangs with these symbols all over the neighborhood. I have seen these symbols as far north as Kensington ( Church Avenue near East 7th Street. One of these gangs was also responsible for a murder of an innocent young man walking home from a deli to buy milk a few years ago.

  • nolastname

    Does Brighton Beach have a problem with dog shit too?
    Message to you…you little pigs.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34224145@N04/7886732902/in/photostream

    • Mehhh

      pretty sure a dog shat in Park Slope once….not just a Sheepshead problem

  • Ebusiness1

    Really??? They will suck a D***k if they will try to go into war for turf against us.

    • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

      Who’s “us”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

    hmm?

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  • Juniorsibri

    Fuck all haters La GRAn Raza Amor De Raza 86 st strong respect n loyalty.. triple A fuck sur 13 and RZL sdn n pcs. We (86) don’t run we run Brooklyn’s.

  • Juniorsibri

    The great nation of hispanic. Latin America Bitch we run dis shit. And watch ur mouth about Latin plp. There’s no American in America. We all came from another country . Ya Stupid fucks.

  • kduckes

    Dat pcs gang be goint in hard. Much respect real talk. -Bloody k

  • SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

    NOBODY MESSES WITH THE MCKONKEY’S NOBODY, YOU MESS WITH 1 MCKONKEY YOU MESS WITH THEM ALL. THE LAST TIME THOSE FOOKING MEXICANS RIPPED ME OFF 10,000,000 MILLION ON MICE ROIDS. AND WE AINT HAPPY BOUT THAT

  • SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

    IM VICTIM OF GOVERNMENT GANGSTALKING, NETWORKING, DRUG CONSPIRACIES AND COVERUPS. DID YOU EVER HEAR THAT SONG SUBLIMINAL BY SUICIDAL TENDENCIES THATS FOR REAL. THE CIA HAS TECHNOLOGY ITS AS BAD AS BEING STABBED AND BEATEN WITHOUT A SCRATCH. WHEN THE MEDS MAKES YOUR NOSE BLEED THEY SIT THERE AND SAY ITS GOOD STUFF IT DOESNT DO THAT. GO TO ANONYMOUS MESSAGE #OCCUPY RNC YOU TUBE. YOU MIGHT HAVE TO LOOK PLEASE READ. GO TO Marshallconnie59gmail.com
    ALL THAT STUFF REALLY APPLIES AND ALL THAT STUFF IS FOR REAL
    AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE IS NO HELP NO WORK. YOUR LITERALLY A DUMMY BAG. MY MOTHER CHOKED AND GAGGED A YEAR BEFORE SHE DIED, MY DAD HAD THIS REALLY STRANGE LAUGH. THEN THE CMC HOSPITAL
    DEHYDRATED HER TO DEATH AND LIED. I THINK THE CIA REPLACED MY FATHER AND SISTER BECAUSE THEY BAD MOUTH RUSSIA BAD. AFTER THAT NETWORK TRIED TO KILL ME OUT WEST, I CRAWLED HOME BEEN LAYING ON THE COUCH FOR ALMOST 20 HOURS A DAY FOR 5 YEARS AND THEY STARTED WITH THE CIA TECHNOLOGY. I REALLY THINK IM BEING TESTED TO SEE WHAT THE RUSSIANS ARE MADE OUT OF BECAUSE THEY DID EVERY SLIMY ROTTEN THING.