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MS-13 Gang Member Convicted In Gaithersburg Girl's Murder

GAITHERSBURG, MD — The first of 10 suspects charged in the MS-13 gang-related killing of a Gaithersburg teenager in northern Virginia has been found guilty. The remains of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas were found near a Springfield, Virginia, industrial park in February.

A judge in Fairfax County found Wilmer Sanchez Serrano, 21, guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, abduction and gang participation in the stabbing of the Maryland girl. Jurors recommended he be sentenced to 33 years in prison. His sentencing is in March. He faces deportation after he has served his prison time, according to WTOP.

Sanchez-Serrano admitted in court Monday to stabbing the girl, but said other gang members made him. During his trial, jurors and family members watched disturbing cell phone footage of Reyes Rivas being taunted and stabbed, NBC Washington reports.

Body count due to MS-13 violence grows in NYC suburbs

Angel Soler's mother brought him to the U.S. as a young boy, figuring things would surely be better than in Honduras, where he had lived in one of the world's most violent cities. Javier Castillo's father made the same calculation when he took his young son out of gang-plagued El Salvador.

Life in the leafy Long Island suburbs of New York didn't prove to be any safer.

The corpses of the two teenagers, the latest victims of suspected MS-13 gang violence on Long Island, were found a few miles from each other in secluded areas late last month. Police also discovered the remains of another young man, Kerin Pineda, who, like Soler, had formerly attended Freeport High School.

MS-13 terrorizing American small towns and suburbs ill-equipped to fight back

Fairfax County is a wealthy suburb in Virginia dotted with McMansions, upscale shopping malls and quiet cul-de-sacs.

But it is dealing with an issue not typically seen in the suburbs – a vicious gang infiltrating its schools and neighborhoods.

At least two teenagers were savagely killed. The culprit, some believe: MS-13 gang members.

Away from urban areas that have seen a rise in gang-related activity, MS-13’s brutality is turning up in small towns and communities across the country – places not always equipped or ready to deal with the growing and alarming threat.

In the last year or so, police say, the gang known for its execution-style shootings and machete-hacking deaths has cropped up in a tiny Colorado town, two Virginia suburbs and Annapolis, Md. In parts of Long Island, N.Y. MS-13 is terrorizing once-sleepy neighborhoods that are now experiencing a scourge of violent deaths.

Man charged with brutal killing of NY teen arrested by Anne Arundel police

A New York man charged with the murder of a 16-year-old Long Island boy — who prosecutors say was attacked by a group of people and hacked to death with a machete — was arrested by Anne Arundel police after he fled to Maryland, law enforcement officials said.

David Sosa-Guevara, 26, of Wyandanch, New York, is facing a charge of second-degree murder as prosecutors say he and several others killed Angel Soler by striking him across the head and body several times, according to the Associated Press.

Online court records show Anne Arundel police acted on a fugitive warrant out for Sosa-Guevara’s arrest on Oct. 28.

New Testimony Paints A Picture Of Alleged MS-13 Violence, Organization In Greater Boston

New details are emerging in Boston federal court about the scope of a Central American gang's infrastructure here in Greater Boston.

Authorities say Rafael Leoner-Aguirre is a leader of the MS-13 gang, which is headquartered in his native El Salvador. He is on trial for conspiracy charges, as prosecutors say that, as a gang leader, he took part in attempted murder, intimidation and drug trafficking.

Also known as "Tremendo" to his gang associates, Leoner-Aguirre crossed the southern border illegally in 2014 headed for Chelsea, says the government, sent by gang leadership to help organize a fledgling branch of MS-13 known as the Enfermos. Court documents state that there are a number of different "cliques," or chapters, of MS-13

Third MS-13 gang member charged following Saturday raid in Avery Co.


Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye says he never thought gangs would be an issue in Avery County. It has never been a problem before, he said on Tuesday.

Frye however is concerned after a federal raid Saturday on an apartment building in Banner Elk turned up more than anyone imagined.

“We found not only one murder suspect but found another who is suspected in a homicide and another suspected of a serious assault who also is being looked at in a homicide,” Frye said.

The murders in question happened in Baltimore, Maryland. The suspects apparently all came to Avery County to hide out.

“That has changed our perceptions here about gangs,” Frye added.

Frye says investigators have asked the three why they chose Avery County and found that the suspects thought it was a “good place to lay low.”


Two alleged MS-13 gang members charged with capital murder of Raymond Wood

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- A Bedford County grand jury has returned true bills against two alleged MS-13 gang members who are accused of being involved in the murder of a Lynchburg teenager.

Kevin Soto-Bonilla and Cristian Sanchez-Gomez are now both charged with capital murder, which means they can face the death penalty.

A Bedford County grand jury met to consider a number of proposed indictments on Tuesday.

Soto-Bonilla and Sanchez-Gomez are also charged with robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

Arrest warrants will also be issued and served against the two individuals, while the previous charges they were facing will be dropped.

Second MS-13 gang member wanted for murder found, arrested in Avery County

A second MS-13 gang member was arrested in Avery County Saturday in connection with a murder that happened in Maryland.

According to the Avery County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Miguel Lopez-Abrego was arrested after the Avery County Special Response Team and the United States Marshals Service executed a high risk fugitive apprehension in the Banner Elk area.

Officials say Lopez-Abrego was a verified MS-13 gang member from the Maryland area. He was wanted for an alleged killing that occurred in Montgomery County, Maryland.

McKenzie Elliott's alleged killer due in court Tuesday

The man accused of fatally shooting 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott in 2014 is due on Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court, where his attorneys will argue the government is withholding evidence in his case.

Attorneys for Terrell Plummer, 28, who could face the federal death penalty for the toddler’s killing, have filed a flurry of motions since he was charged in the spring. Plummer was charged with use of a firearm resulting in death for allegedly firing at rivals and striking McKenzie. Eight other members of Plummer's Old York Money Gang also face drug-related offenses.

Among the complaints is that the government is withholding documents related to witnesses who identify Plummer as the shooter, as well as the analysis of a bullet trajectory expert who reconstructed the shooting.

Black Guerrilla Family gang member pleads guilty to murdering witness

A Black Guerrilla Family member pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to murdering a witness to prevent him from testifying against a fellow gang member in a state case, federal prosecutors announced.

Wesley Jamal Brown, 25, admitted that he killed Moses Malone on May 2, 2013, in the 600 block of Cokesbury Ave. Malone, 22, had become a witness in a case against another BGF member, telling police that Norman Handy had robbed and shot him.

When police went to arrest Handy, they “inexplicably” left at the home an unredacted copy of a search warrant affidavit that identified Malone and summarized the information he provided to police, federal prosecutors wrote in court documents. The information was passed along to the reputed leader of the gang, Gerald Johnson, who prosecutors say directed Brown to kill Malone.

Man wanted on murder charges in two states arrested in Baltimore

A man wanted on murder charges in Texas and Indiana was arrested Saturday in Baltimore, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Milton Misael Zambrano-Gonzalez, 26, was arrested around 11:15 a.m. after a brief foot chase near the 200 block of N. Luzerne Ave., where he was staying, the department said. He was being held on fugitive charges, and the U.S. Marshals Service says he is a member of the MS-13 gang. A lawyer could not be located in online court records.

Zambrano-Gonzalez had a warrant out for his arrest on murder charges in 2016 in the killing of a 16-year-old in Houston, law enforcement officials said. Investigators learned he fled to Indiana where he was charged in a murder in August. They later discovered he had ties to the Baltimore area.

MS-13 gang member arrested in connection to Maryland murder

A MS13 gang member was arrested in Avery County on Saturday in connection with a murder in Baltimore, Md.

According to deputies, the Avery County Special Response Team and the United States Marshals Service executed a high risk fugitive apprehension in Banner Elk.

Officials arrested Milton A. Portillo-Rodriguez who was hiding out in Avery County.

Portillo-Rodriguez is a verified MS-13 gang member from the Maryland area, officials said.

Member Of Latin Kings Gets 2 Years In Prison For Distributing Drugs

Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb announced Friday a member of the Latin Kings gang was sentenced to two years in prison for distribution of crack cocaine.

Thirty-one-year-old Virgilio Adornoa, aka “Trigga” and “Goyo,” previously pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine in the New Bedford area. Adorno and associates were observed utilizing the Bonneau Court, known as “The Pit” for illegal activities, including drug trafficking in March 2017.

Adorno was eventually caught selling crack cocaine to a witness who was cooperating with law enforcement. A search warrant was executed at Adorno’s residence, where officers recovered additional crack cocaine

55 gang arrests spark hope in Dover

A weeks-long initiative that resulted in the arrests of 55 people – more than half of them on gang charges – is giving some residents hope that Dover is making a turn for the better.

"Hopefully they will continue making arrests and taking guns and drugs off the street because the shootings and the senseless killings are ruining this city," said 56-year-old Regina Johnson, who moved from New York City to Dover about three years ago. "A lot more needs to be done."

The seven-week investigation began shortly after police Chief Marvin Mailey and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen on May 26 called for a stop to the rash of shootings that plagued Delaware's capital city.

Four MS-13 gang members indicted on attempted murder charges

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury indicted on Thursday four MS-13 gang members on charges in connection with gang activities.

The charges were brought in connection with violent crimes in aid of racketeering; use, carry and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.

Charged in the three-count indictment are Fermin Gomez-Jimenez, 20; Manuel Martinez-Aguilar, aka "El Lunatic" and "Zomb," 19; Moises Alexis Reyes-Canales, aka "Sicopita," 19; and Marlon Cruz-Flores, 22, all of Annapolis.

Nov 2017