MS-13 Gang Connected To Several Disappearances Of Young Girls In Md.
BALTIMORE(WJZ) — One of the nation’s most violent gangs is connected to a rash of kidnappings of young girls in our region, and likely, a murder. Authorities say they’re recruiting children as young as 11-years-old.
WJZ Investigative reporter Mike Hellgren has the latest on the action being taken against MS-13.
Federal authorities had cracked down on the gang more than a decade ago. Many members did go to prison, but now there is a resurgence.
The gang is believed to be connected to the disappearance of several teenage girls, and one Gaithersburg teen was murdered.
15-year-old Damaris Reyes left violence in El Salvador for safety in Maryland, but the notoriously violent MS-13 gang lured her in, and after a falling out, police found her body dumped in the woods.
Her murder was caught on camera, and was so vicious even police wouldn’t describe what happened.
Richmond Sheriff says gang activity is reaching dangerous levels
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’s sheriff, C.T. Woody, has spent his career fighting the war against gangs. He says after decades of falling gang activity in our area, it’s reaching dangerous levels again.
Woody has been Richmond’s top deputy for 11 years. In 1968 he started his career walking the streets of Richmond fighting the worst gangs the city has ever seen.
In the 70’s, Woody helped bring down the Briley Brothers, who were responsible for killing at least 11 people in Richmond and pulled off the largest death-row escape in U.S. History.