The teen told police that he was at the restaurant when six of his classmates from Huntington High School entered and began glaring at him. The victim and his friend left but three of the gang members followed them. The trio was armed with bats and knives.
An altercation broke out in a parking lot and the victim was stabbed by Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, police told WABC. The 16-year-old was later rushed to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The three gang members fled the scene but were soon caught by the police.
Lopez had been picked up by the Department of Homeland Security in October 2017 after entering the United States illegally on Dec. 8, 2016, police said. But a federal judge ordered him released from custody in June 2018. According to The Intercept, authorities had identified Lopez as a likely gang member but the federal judge, Robert Sweet, 96 (appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1978), claimed that the government was breaking the law by holding Lopez.