Henry "Hank" Reyna is the leader of the 38th Street Gang. He has always had a little trouble with the law, but not of entirely his own fault. He stands as an example of public assumption--because he is Hispanic, he must be a criminal. According to the press, he is "Hank Reyna! the snarling juvenile delinquent. The zootsuiter. The bitter yound pachuco gang leader of 38th Street" (Valdez 29). But really, he is just a young, 22-year-old kid with plans on going into the Navy.
El Pachuco is Henry Reyna's alter ego, as well as the embodiment of the stereotypical terms "Pachuco" and "chicano." He oozes suave, which is why it is so easy for him to sway Henry's actions.