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Posted on: February 14, 2019

MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Three Attempted Murders and Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child Charge

Tommy Alvarado-Ventura

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney announced that a Hempstead MS-13 member who was arrested in March 2017 for attempting to murder three people, including a two-year-old child he sexually assaulted, pleaded guilty to the entire grand jury indictment yesterday and is expected to be sentenced to 26 years to life in prison when he returns to court next month.

Defendant Tommy Alvarado-Ventura, also known as Montana, 33, pleaded guilty before Supervising Judge Teresa Corrigan to:

  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree (an A-I felony)
  • Two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (an A-II felony)
  • Three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony)
  • Four counts of Assault in the First Degree (a B violent felony)
  • Two counts of Assault in the Second Degree (a D violent felony)
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (a D violent felony)
  • Strangulation in the Second Degree (a D violent felony)
  • Sex Abuse in the First Degree (a D violent felony)

The defendant is due back in court on March 20 and is expected to be sentenced to 26 years to life in prison. The NCDA had recommended a pre-trial sentence of 30 years to life in prison.

“In a few short hours, this defendant committed a series of heinous, violent acts that permanently injured three female victims that he attempted to murder, including a two-year-old child that he sexually brutalized,” DA Singas said. “Tommy Alvarado-Ventura is one of the most dangerous and vicious people we have ever seen in Nassau County and everyone is safer with him behind bars for life.”

DA Singas said that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 22, 2017, the defendant tried to kill a woman outside El Mariachi Loco Bar in Hempstead by stabbing and slashing her. The woman had attempted to talk to the defendant about a disagreement in the bar. Alvarado-Ventura stabbed and slashed the woman in her back, thigh and hands. He then put the knife inside her mouth and slashed the corner of her face, leaving a scar. She was terrorized and permanently injured.

As the defendant continued to attack the victim, his co-defendant, Antony Almendarez, prevented Good Samaritans from intervening on her behalf. The two defendants fled the scene when they realized witnesses were calling 911. The victim sustained a collapsed lung, permanent scarring on her body and nerve damage to her fingers.

After fleeing the scene and splitting up, Alvarado-Ventura returned to his girlfriend’s apartment in Hempstead. He was expected to watch his girlfriend’s children while she worked. The defendant tried to kill the woman’s two-year-old daughter by savagely beating her about the face, strangling her and sexually assaulting her. When his girlfriend returned, the defendant attempted to murder her by beating and stabbing her on her arms, hands and neck.

The defendant was arrested at the girlfriend’s home after police were called to respond.

The victims from the separate incidents were all taken to Winthrop Hospital, where Nassau County Police Department members connected the two incidents to the defendant.

Almendarez pleaded guilty to two counts of Assault in the First Degree on April 5, 2018, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Almendarez was not involved in the later incidents.

The case is being prosecuted by Amanda Burke, Chief of DA Singas’ Special Victims Bureau, and Deputy Chief Jared Rosenblatt of DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau. The defendant is represented by Christopher Cassar, Esq. Almendarez was represented by Lori Golombek, Esq.

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