Second suspect arrested in murder of Trinitarios gang member Alberto Martinez

Accused of shooting and robbery in New Jersey, Angel Florian now faces charges in a 2019 gang-related murder in Manhattan.

Angel Florian, a 22-year-old who was already facing an attempted murder charge in New Jersey, has now been charged with killing a member of the Trinitarios gang in Upper Manhattan, police said.

Florian had been arrested on May 9 in New Jersey for allegedly shooting a teenager and committing a robbery that occurred approximately two months after the shooting death of Alberto Martinez in Washington Heights (NYC).

According to the NYPD, Martinez, 27, who was a member of the Trinitarios gang, was shot in the chest on W. 168th St. near Amsterdam Ave. on Oct. 3, 2019, Daily News detailed.

The gunman fled in a car driven by an accomplice, and later that month, police released photos of both suspects. Martinez lived around the corner from where he was killed and had 15 arrests on his record, including for gang assault and gun possession.

A Manhattan grand jury indicted Florian on murder, robbery, weapons possession, and hindering prosecution charges in September 2022. Still, at the same time, he was on trial for shooting an unidentified 18-year-old before an accomplice stabbed the victim, who miraculously survived.

Florian is the second suspect arrested in Martinez’s murder. Jerson Acosta Batista was arrested in New Jersey on October 12 and charged with the exact charges as Florian.

Both Acosta Batista and Florian are New Jersey residents and did not have criminal records in New York. It was not immediately clear which of them shot Martinez and who was the getaway driver.

All charges are merely accusations; the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.