Front Page Detectives

Feds: Reputed NYC gang leader in hiding after allegedly committing murder resurfaces to kill again

Source: MEGA

Jun. 25 2021, Published 12:38 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

A reputed gang boss executed a rival in New York and went on the run only to resurface months later to execute another man while he slept, authorities alleged.

Article continues below advertisement

John Pena, the alleged leader of the gang Gorilla Stone Mafia, an affiliate of the Bloods, appeared in Brooklyn federal court on June 23 and was charged with possessing ammunition as a felon and is being held without bail, according to court records.

Pena was convicted for attempted robbery and attempted assault in 2008, but he has not been charged in connection to the recent murders, though his alleged involvement in the slayings is detailed in court documents.

Article continues below advertisement

After a March 10 vigil for a slain GSM member in Staten Island, Pena, who goes by the aliases “Tragedy” and “Don Tragg,” “fired more than ten gunshots from close range” into who authorities described as a former member of the gang, prosecutors alleged.

The victim was identified as 26-year-old Mark Bajandas, the Staten Island Advance reported.

A warrant was issued for Pena’s arrest on April 1, but he had fled and gone into hiding, prosecutors said.

On June 22, Francesco Gonzalez, 23, was sleeping next to his girlfriend in their Staten Island home when he was fatally shot in the head.

Pena allegedly committed the second killing, a source told the New York Post but did not specify a motive.


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.