Two more alleged MS-13 gang members have been charged in connection with the stabbing of transgender women at MacArthur Park according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Donoban Fonseca was arrested on Oct. 16 and charged with hate crimes for stabbing two trans Latina women one of them on two separate occasions. The attacks which all took place in McArthur Park began in August, ended with the attempted murder of advocate Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez on October 4.
Fonseca has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, extortion, conspiracy to dissuade a witness and attempting to dissuade a witness and allegations that the crimes were hate crimes and for the benefit of a gang.
Donoban Fonseca has remained in custody on a million-dollar bond.
The latest to be arrested according to CBSLA was Javier Trimin-Rodriguez, 22, of Los Angeles, who pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder and extortion in connection with the Oct. 4 attack, according to the D.A.’s office.
The charges included allegations of a hate crime, use of a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon, great bodily injury, and committing the crimes in association with a criminal street gang.
Co-defendant, Margarita Valencia, 23, of Castaic, previously pleaded not guilty to one felony count of extortion involving another transgender woman on or between June and August, as well as an allegation that the crime was committed in association with a criminal street gang.
Trimin-Rodriguez and Valencia were arrested Wednesday, December 2, and also remain behind bars, jail records show.
The victim, Daniela Hernandez, was taken to a hospital where she was treated. Following the attack, activists descended on the park demanding justice.
The three could each face potential life prison terms if convicted as charged, the D.A.’s office said.