Three Huntington Station men were arrested Wednesday and accused of stabbing a teenager near the Burger King restaurant on New York Avenue, Suffolk County police said.
The stabbing occurred during a fight between two groups about 3:30 p.m.
The victim, who is 16, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, and Oscar Canales Molina, 17, all were all charged with second-degree assault.
The men were be held overnight at the Second Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.
Police said Thursday that two of the suspects are members of MS-13, and a the third was described as associate of the gang.
Although it was not immediately clear whether the assault involved Huntington High School students, Superintendent James W. Polansky posted a letter Wednesday evening that said the school would have increased security in place Thursday.
The violence occurred two days after an emotional Huntington school board meeting that centered on the case of a Huntington High School student who was deported to Honduras as a suspected gang member. The Burger King restaurant is about half a mile’s walking distance from the school.
Reports of the stabbing generated angry comments on Facebook about the removal of a school resource officer and the security of students at the high school.
Thursday morning, a Facebook link was posted to an article written in June about a Salvadoran immigrant named Ramon Arevalo Lopez who was released from jail by an immigrant judge.