By FRAN MAYE
Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a gang-related stabbing Saturday night, Oct. 5, in New Garden Township.
Arrested were Emmanuel Renteria, 25 of Penn Drive in West Grove, and Guillermo Renteria Enciso, 26, also of Penn Drive in West Grove.
The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital and underwent emergency surgery and is expected to live.
Renteria, also known as “Criminal,” and Enciso, also known as “Terrorist,” are confirmed members of the notorious Sur-13 gang that has roots in southern Chester County, according to Gerald Simpson, New Garden police chief.
It all started at a child’s birthday party just after 10 p.m. near the 100 block of Thompson Road, Simpson said. A large number of uninvited persons arrived at the location, two of whom were Enciso and Renteria.
Simpson said the two gang members flashed their gang signals, and the party hosts then asked them to leave. Shortly after leaving, witnesses heard two gunshots coming from the parking lot, Simpson said.
Witnesses saw both Enciso and Renteria yelling at a group of birthday party guests, and Enciso pulled out a handgun and pointed it in the direction of the group that had gathered outside, which was estimated to be between 70 and 80 people.
Prior to going outside, the victim told a witness he was “punched” by Renteria, and at about the same time, Enciso fired a handgun twice into the ground, Simpson said.
“It wasn’t until moments after being ‘punched’ that the victim realized he was not ‘punched,’ but actually stabbed in the abdomen and back,” Simpson said. Guests at the party applied pressure to the stab wounds as he lie bleeding in the parking lot.
The two gang members then fled and police arrived on the scene, assisted by Chester County detectives.
After an intensive investigation, New Garden police arrested both Enciso and Renteria at their residence at 6 a.m. Oct. 8, without incident.
Renteria was taken to Chester County Prison on several unrelated criminal warrants. Charges will be filed after a review by the Chester County’s District Attorney’s office, and Simpson said criminal attempted homicide may be among those charges.
Enciso was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm; firearm not to be carried without a license, 5 counts of simple assault, 5 counts of recklessly endangering other lives and 5 counts of terroristic threats. Simpson said Enciso faces possible additional charges, including criminal attempted homicide, pending a review by the DA’s office.
Enciso is incarcerated at Chester County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
In December, 2011, New Garden investigators linked the murder of two men, Cuahuctemoc Bedolla and Jose Rodriguez, to an active rivalry between members of Surenos 13 and a local gang known as the Vikings, or Vaqueros.
New Garden police ask witnesses to contact them through an anonymous tip line at 610-268-2907, ext. 222.