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Call them the kings of clink.

That’s where a heartless batch of reputed Latin King members could be heading after being nabbed for fire bombing — twice — a former member of their posse.

Part of a Latin Kings sub-set known as the Borough Park Homicide Squad, the 18 gang members didn’t even care if an innocent senior was hit along with ousted member Juan Kuang when they lobbed Molotov cocktails into a home on 57th Street, near Fort Hamilton Parkway, March 1, investigators said.

The hoodlums cooked up their plan in a pizza shop where they bought two Arizona ice tea bottles, emptied the contents and filled them with gasoline.

Arriving at their victim’s house at 11:45 pm, they hurled the brick through the window before tossing the lit bottles inside, police said.

Kuang and the senior escaped harm, but the flames gutted the apartment, prompting harsh words from the borough’s top crimefighter.

“These so-called ‘Latin Kings’ do not rule the streets of Brooklyn, but they may each find themselves reigning over a small prison cell for the rest of their lives,” warned District Attorney Charles Hynes, Wednesday. “I will not tolerate violent street gangs like this bunch trying to overrun our neighborho­ods.”

This wasn’t the first time the suspects had hunted their prey, the prosecutor said. They firebombed a home on 18th Ave. between 54th and 55th streets, at an earlier date, believing Kuang was hiding out there.

Swift cops lost no time in collaring the goons. Casimiro Reyes, 18, of Bensonhurst - — also known as “King C.J.” — was nailed a day after the attack, and charged with arson and attempted murder.

On the heels of that, cops captured gang leader, or “First Crown,” Roger “King Lynx” Vado, 25, and his 21-year-old brother Norman “King Depp,” who Kuang had, allegedly, disrespected — a disasterous step which can trigger the death knell in gangland.

Kuang, who cops allege stabbed Norman Vado in the weeks before the fire bombings, was also arrested for attempted murder.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who joined Hynes at the briefing, was quick to bring the suspects down to size.

“Cowards, not kings, more aptly describe those who firebomb apartments and run away, putting innocent lives at risk,” he said.

If convicted, each gang member faces 25-years in prison, officials said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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