Sources: Hempstead teen facing murder charges is MS-13 member

Posted: Updated:
HEMPSTEAD -

A Hempstead teen, who sources say is a member of MS-13, was arrested Monday and arraigned in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old in Uniondale on Sept. 15.

Nerlin Omar Chacon-Ruano, 19, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Miguel Hernandez. 

Police say Hernandez, a senior at Uniondale High School, was hanging out with friends on Maplegrove Avenue when two suspects on bicycles rolled up and opened fire. A court document says Chacon-Ruano was in possession of a 9 mm firearm at the time of the shooting and "intentionally fired multiple gunshots at the victim." 

Police did not release a mugshot or any other details about the shooting. No one answered the door at Chacon-Ruano's Hemsptead home. 

The Nassau District Attorney's Office says Chacon-Ruano knew Hernandez and targeted him, but wouldn't release the exact motive. 

Chacon-Ruano was remanded without bail after his arraignment.

Another Uniondale High School student, Joshua Guzman, was shot to death last September in Hempstead. Police said at the time that he had begun to associate with gang members. It remains an unsolved murder.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."