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Teens in court in stab case; Kilby Street gang implicated.

Byline: Scott J. Croteau

WORCESTER - Three teens identified by police as Kilby Street gang members were arraigned yesterday in Worcester Juvenile Court in the stabbing of two brothers outside a Millbury movie theater in May.

The three teens were among five people indicted in the May 8 incident outside the Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema de Lux movie theater.

Robert Nieves, 16, of 64 Woodland St., Apt. 2, Jovani DeLosSantos, 16, of 24 Oread St., Apt. 4A, and Jose Vazquez, 16, of 81 Illinois St., Apt. 2, were arraigned in juvenile court on charges related to the stabbings.

Two men, Daniel Grajales, 21, of 214 East Mountain St. and Patrick Pierre, 20, of 103 Country Club Blvd., were arraigned previously in Worcester Superior Court on two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery and single counts of conspiracy and common law affray.

In an associated case, Mr. Grajales, Mr. Nieves, Mr. DeLosSantos, Maurice Chase, 19, of 8 Crystal St., Apt. 1, and Mr. Pierre's brother, Gregory Pierre, 19, of 103 Country Club Blvd., Apt. 104, were indicted on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, conspiracy and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Those charges stemmed from a May 11 shooting on Albert Street.

The shooting, in which a Kilby Street gang member was hit by "friendly fire," occurred when members of the gang allegedly shot at the home where the stabbing victims' father lives. The father reportedly had confronted some Kilby Street gang members some time before the shooting.

All of the 16-year-olds charged in the stabbing case were indicted under the state's youthful offender law. Their cases will be in Worcester Juvenile Court, but they may be sentenced as adults if convicted.

According to court records, an 18-year-old Worcester man and his 17-year-old brother were jumped and stabbed outside the movie theater shortly after 12:30 a.m. May 8 by a group of the gang members.

The victims live in Plumley Village, and authorities said there is continuing animosity between youths living there and members of the Kilby Street gang.

Court records state that one of the stabbing victims identified Mr. Nieves as his attacker. He was also seen on video and identified by Worcester police gang unit members, who helped Millbury police identify those involved in the incident.

Bail for Mr. Nieves was set at $20,000 on the new charges, but he is being held without bail on another matter.

Court records state Mr. Nieves' father, Richard Nieves, was shot to death in January 1994 during an argument on Chandler Street. Records state the elder Nieves was also a member of the Kilby Street gang.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Mr. DeLosSantos and Mr. Vazquez, but Mr. Vazquez is being held without bail on another matter. All three defendants are to return to court Sept. 13.
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Title Annotation:LOCAL NEWS
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Aug 12, 2010
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