WEST CHESTER >> Jury selection began Monday for two men accused in an alleged gang-related stabbing at a New Garden birthday party.
On trial for attempted homicide and related charges are Emmanuel Renteria, 25, and his older brother, Guillermo Renteria-Enciso, 26, both of Penn Drive in West Grove. Renteria, also known as “Criminal,” and Renteria-Enciso, who sometimes goes by the name “Terrorist,” are confirmed members of the notorious Mexico-based Sur-13 gang that has a presence in southern Chester County and northern Delaware, according to police accounts.
The events at the heart of the trial, to be held in Common Pleas Judge Anthny Sarcione’s courtroom this week, occurred at a child’s birthday party in October near the 100 block of Thompson Road. A large number of uninvited persons arrived there, two of whom were Renteria-Enciso and Renteria.
Police said the two gang members flashed gang signals, and the party hosts then asked them to leave. Shortly after leaving, witnesses heard two gunshots coming from the parking lot, according to police.
Witnesses saw both Renteria-Enciso and Renteria yelling at a group of birthday party guests, and Renteria-Enciso pulled out a handgun and pointed it in the direction of the group that had gathered outside, about 70 to 80 people.
Prior to going outside, the victim, a 29-year-old man whom police did not immediately identify out of concern for his safety, told a witness he was “punched” by Renteria. At about the same time, Renteria-Enciso fired a handgun twice into the ground, police said.
It wasn’t until moments after that the victim realized he was not ‘punched,’ but actually stabbed in the abdomen and back, according to police. Guests at the party applied pressure to the stab wounds as he lay bleeding in the parking lot.
The two gang members then fled and police arrived on the scene, assisted by Chester County Detectives, Simpson said.
After an investigation, New Garden police arrested both Renteria-Enciso and Renteria on Oct. 8 at their residence without incident.
The prosecution is being led by Assistant District Attorney Bonnie Cox-Shaw. Renteria-Encisco is represented by Matthew Vassil of West Chester and Renteria is represented by Assistant Public Defender Peter Jurs.
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