Two MS-13 gang members are accused of stabbing a teenager in Queens so deeply that the victim suffered extensive nerve damage, prosecutors say.

Dani Cruz, 25, and Maxwell Martinez, 24, were busted at their homes Monday morning, two days after police made their photos public.

Cruz and Martinez knocked the 17-year-old victim off his bicycle on Sutphin Blvd. and 94th Ave. near the LIRR tracks in Jamaica at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 31, prosecutors said.

They punched him, kicked him,, and stabbed him several times in the back, chest and arm. The teen needed surgery and suffered nerve damage to his arm.

Later that night, police spotted both suspects at a bodega blocks from the stabbing scene. Their clothes were covered in fresh blood.

Cops arrested the duo on unrelated trespassing charges, and took their clothes and shoes for testing, prosecutors said.

They were released on their own recognizance on the trespassing charges.

After their release, the DNA test wound up matching the blood on their clothes to the victim, prosecutors said.

It’s unclear why it took until Monday for police to arrest the suspects.

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Authorities didn’t say why the victim was targeted.

Cruz and Martinez were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Monday and ordered held on $75,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail.

Since 2010, Brooklyn federal prosecutors have charged MS-13 members with carrying out more than 45 murders in the New York area.


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