2012-04-06 / Top Stories

MS-13 Gangbanger Busted In 2010 Beach Slay

Killed Because He Wouldn’t Kill
By Howard Schwach


A police vehicle stands on the beach where the body of Mario Alberto Canton Quijada was found early on Wednesday morning, March 17, 2010. At left: Many MS-13 gang members wear large tattoos proving their allegiance to the vicious gang. Photo supplied by the federal government. A police vehicle stands on the beach where the body of Mario Alberto Canton Quijada was found early on Wednesday morning, March 17, 2010. At left: Many MS-13 gang members wear large tattoos proving their allegiance to the vicious gang. Photo supplied by the federal government. Federal authorities have arrested a man wanted in several murders in and around Nassau County in recent years including a March 2010 stabbing death on the beach in Far Rockaway.

The accused, identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is Carlos “Silencio” Ortega, 23, who pled not guilty in federal court in Islip on Monday.

Ortega is accused of joining three other reputed MS-13 members in stabbing to death a young Hispanic man, later identified as Mario Alberto Canton Quijada, 25, of Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere, who was found with multiple stab wounds on the beach at Beach 12 Street early on the morning of Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

Police said that uniformed officers on patrol on the boardwalk at about 12:34 a.m. saw three young men on the beach.

The cops held the three men and then went down on the sand to investigate and found Quijada with multiple stab wounds to his body.

An ambulance was called and EMS workers declared him dead on the scene.

The three men on the beach with the body were taken into custody and transported to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway for questioning.

According to court records provided by the Eastern District Federal Court, Quijada, who was a member of MS-13, had upset other members of the gang by “not putting in his work,” for the gang, namely, he was not engaging in acts of violence against rival gang members.

According to the court documents, Quijada was given a final opportunity to carry out a shooting of a rival gang member, but he refused.

The other gang members allegedly held a meeting where they discussed what to do about him and came to the conclusion that he must be killed for not complying with the gang’s rules.

It was agreed that Ortega and the three other men arrested on the boardwalk would carry out the murder.

The three men who were arrested at the scene were identified by police as Diego Marroquin, 19, of Mott Avenue; Heriberto Martinez, 23, of Central Avenue and Roger Alvarado, 30, of Queens.

One of the men called Quijada and convinced him to drive with them to a deserted beach in Far Rockaway. When they got to the beach, Alverado remained in the car while the others went towards the water. One of them attempted to shoot Quijada, but the gun jammed.

Then, the three took turns stabbing him with a knife and a machete, court records allege.

One of the blows with the machete penetrated deep into his skull, which resulted in the weapon becoming lodged in his skull.

After killed Quijada, the three walked back to the boardwalk when the cops spotted and stopped them.

Ortega, who was walking behind them, saw the cops and successfully fled the scene.

Cops recovered the jammed gun, which was linked to several murders in Nassau County, court records show.

Ortega was arrested on March 26 by members of the FBI’s Gang Task Force.

FBI sources say that Ortega, a citizen of El Salvador, illegally entered the United States.

The federal agency says that MS-13 is among the largest and most violent gangs on Long Island. More than 40 La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) members are facing charges or awaiting sentence on federal racketeering, murder, assault and conspiracy charges.

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