Officers Honored For Arresting MS 13 Suspects
They were on a normal patrol near Beach 12 Street when they saw a vehicle in the parking lot in violation of Parks’ rules and approached it. According to Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, it was that act that led to the arrest of three gang members and the recovery of a gun found to have been used in two homicides on Long Island.
Officers Christopher Ghee and Makarios Salkey were honored as the 101 Precinct’s Officers of the Month at April’s Precinct Community Council meeting after they arrested three murder suspects, all MS 13 gang members, on the evening of March 17.
The Deputy Inspector laid out the events as they unfolded. McMahon said Ghee and Salkey spotted a vehicle occupied by one male near Beach 12 Street in the park lot. “They went over to see what was going on with the car,” said McMahon. “While they were there they observed three more males coming over the sand dunes. One of the males ran away. They detained the other males and called for another sector car to come over.” The backup offices held the suspects while Ghee and Salkey, after seeing blood on one of the individuals, checked the surrounding area and found Quijada lying dead on the beach. He had been stabbed 18 times. The arrest, according to McMahon, shed light on several other crimes. The next day, while canvassing the area, officers recovered a .22-caliber handgun, which McMahon said was meant to shoot the victim but it had malfunctioned. He also said that two of the individuals arrested were targets of an FBI investigation, which was first made public by news organizations the weekend of April 16. In addition, the gun that was recovered came back matching two homicides – one in Nassau County and the other in Suffolk County. “To get a homicide collar is special,” said McMahon. “To have a pick up homicide collar involving registered MS 13 members, to recover a gun, to recover the knives, and to have the whole package for the DA to present is a really, really special job.”
McMahon said that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly would also be honoring Ghee and Salkey for the excellent work they did.