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2 MS-13 gang members charged in stabbing of teen, Queens DA says

Two admitted MS-13 members on Monday were charged with second-degree attempted murder in the August attack of a teenage boy outside the Long Island Rail Road Station in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney’s office said.

Dani Cruz, 25, and Maxwell Martinez, 24 both of Jamaica, Queens, are also charged with first- and second-degree assault, prosecutors said.

They each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

"The defendants allegedly pummeled the victim before stabbing him multiple times in the back, torso and arm,” according to a statement from Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown's office on Monday.

“A young man, just a teenager, was viciously beaten and stabbed repeatedly and is lucky to be alive today," Brown said in the statement.

The unidentified, 17-year-old victim was riding his bike at the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue near the LIRR station on Aug. 31 when the suspects approached, prosecutors said.

The victim was struck with an object that made him fall. From there, the defendants allegedly punched and kicked him, officials said.

Both men are accused of pummeling the victim and stabbing him numerous times in his back, torso and arm. The victim suffered extensive nerve damage to his arm and required surgery, prosecutors said. 

Cruz and Martinez were spotted blocks away at a bodega after the attack and were arrested on unrelated charges, prosecutors said.

The attorney representing the men wasn’t immediately known.

Cruz told authorities that he “was in the deli the entire time,” officials said in the release.

Martinez told police: “The blood on my pants are from cuts I have. I had one construction accident. ... I did not stab anyone,” the release said.

However, DNA testing determined the blood splattered on the suspects' clothing matched that of the victim, officials said. Both defendants admitted being MS-13 members.

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