What to Know
- Cops say Tommy Alvarado-Ventura attacked three people, including a child, over the course of a brutal five-hour crime spree
- On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to charges including attempted murder and predatory sexual assault against a child
- He is expected to be sentenced to 26 years to life in prison in March
An MS-13 member who stabbed two women and sexually attacked a 2-year-old girl during a five-hour crime spree has pleaded guilty to the charges, prosecutors said.
Tommy Alvarado-Ventura was arrested back in 2017 after a spree a Nassau County police official at the time described as “probably the most heinous criminal act” he’d seen in 28 years on the job.
On Wednesday, Alvarado-Ventura pleaded guilty to charges including attempted murder and predatory sexual assault against a child, Nassau County prosecutors said. He is expected to be sentenced to 26 years to life in prison in March.
“In a few short hours, this defendant committed a series of heinous, violent acts that permanently injured three female victims that he attempted to murder, including a two-year-old child that he sexually brutalized,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.
“Tommy Alvarado-Ventura is one of the most dangerous and vicious people we have ever seen in Nassau County and everyone is safer with him behind bars for life,” she added.
Witnesses called police on March 22, 2017 after they saw Alvarado-Ventura stab and slash a woman outside a bar in Hempstead around 2:30 a.m., prosecutors said.
At some point during the attack, Alvarado-Ventura put his knife in the woman’s mouth and cut her, leaving her with a collapsed lung, a permanent scar and nerve-damaged fingers, the DA’s office said.
After Alvarado-Ventura fled the scene outside the bar, he made his way to his girlfriend’s apartment in Hempstead, where he beat, strangled and sexually assaulted his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, prosecutors said.
When his girlfriend got to the apartment, he tried to kill her too, beating her and stabbing her arms, hands and neck, according to prosecutors. He was arrested at the scene.
Alvarado-Ventura, an admitted member of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang, according to police, has been deported four times. He was first deported back to El Salvadore in September 2006 and most recently in December 2011.
Police did not provide information on the reasons for the four deportations, but said at least one was related to prior criminal convictions, which include assault, DWI, drug possession, disorderly conduct and false impersonation.