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Teen arrested in Sunday carjacking spree in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - A 15-year-old is in police custody after a string of carjackings in northwest Baltimore on Sunday and investigators say there may be more arrests coming. 

Police say it all happened early Sunday in the Park Heights neighborhood where someone came up to two people with a gun and demanded they give up their car, but little did they know it was the beginning to a series of thefts. 

“Those crimes, to steal cars and to do stuff like this, this is not for this generation," Rabbi Yuval Noff said. 

He says news of carjackings in his neighborhood is frustrating for an otherwise peaceful community. 

Violent MS-13 Gang Has More Than 200 Hardcore Members on Long Island, Preys on New Immigrants: FBI

Whether it's the two teenage girls in Brentwood or the four young friends found killed in Central Islip, victims of the violent MS-13 gang are turning up in alarming numbers on Long Island. 

It comes as no surprise to the head of the FBI's Long Island gang task force, Geraldine Hart, who says violence is that gang's prime business.

"They bolster their ranking among other gangs by using violence," she told News 4 in an exclusive interview.

The gang that originated in El Salvador has more than 200 hardcore members on Long Island, and they're unafraid to kill for no reason. The FBI has now joined the investigation into the murders of young people on Long Island in recent months.


 

New Top Ten Fugitive

A New Jersey gang member wanted in connection with a brutal, premeditated murder has been named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture.

Walter Yovany Gomez, in his early 20s at the time of the 2011 murder in Plainfield, New Jersey, was attempting to become a full member of MS-13 by carrying out a gang-ordered killing. It didn’t matter that the target was Gomez’s friend—the man had allegedly shown disrespect to the gang.

Part of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) crew, Gomez was assigned the hit when his bosses heard that one of their associates had been seen socializing in a bar with a rival 18th Street Gang member. Ordering a murder for such a sign of disrespect is not uncommon for MS-13, a transnational gang known for its extreme violence.

More Gang Members Plead Guilty

A total of 20 members of the Only My Brothers (OMB) gang have now pled guilty to charges included in the 2016 indictment related to the activities of OMB after 3 more members entered pleas and were sentenced in Superior Court.

Anthony Fistzgiles, 17, of Wilmington pled guilty to Gang Participation, Conspiracy Second Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Reckless Endangering First Degree, and admitted to violating his probation for two prior gun offenses as a juvenile. The Court sentenced Fistzgiles to 5 years in prison, followed by 6 months of either work release or home confinement, then 18 months of probation. Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hurlock prosecuted the case.

Oliver Henry, 18, of Wilmington pled guilty to Gang Participation and Conspiracy Second Degree, and was sentenced to probation after serving 8 months in prison. Deputy Attorney General A.J. Roop prosecuted the case.

MS-13 gangsters suspected in Long Island quadruple murder linked to ongoing street war

Members of the MS-13 street gang, already blamed for six Long Island slayings, emerged Thursday as the leading suspects in the execution of four young men.

The butchered corpses were quickly linked to the violent crew because of the brutality of the suburban slaughter near the soccer fields at a Central Islip park.

“We are clearly looking into that possibility, although we have not ruled out any possibilities at this point,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini.

The victims, whose blood-spattered bodies were found Wednesday night in Recreation Village Park, were a 16-year-old boy, two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-old.  

3 runaway girls returned to their homes after investigation of MS-13 member

Three runaway teenage girls have been returned home after an investigation that began with Fairfax County police looking into death threats allegedly made by a member of the MS-13 gang.

Police said they are exploring whether the girls were part of a trafficking or prostitution ring.

Fairfax County police charged 10 people last month in the gang-related killing of Damaris A. Reyes Rivas, 15, a runaway from Gaithersburg who was slain in a Springfield park in January. Police said in a search warrant that Reyes Rivas was killed in retaliation for the slaying of an MS-13 member in Prince William County about a week earlier.

Judge seeks death-penalty arguments in Brentwood girls’ killings

A federal judge Monday asked prosecutors and defense attorneys to formulate arguments on why four gang members charged with murder in the deaths of two Brentwood teenage girls should or should not face the death penalty.

Kayla Cuevas, 16, and Nisa Mickens, 15, were killed in September by MS-13 street gang members “swinging baseball bats and machetes,” former Eastern District United States Attorney Robert Capers said in March as he announced the arrests. Capers added that Mickens was beaten so badly she was “almost unrecognizable.”

Federal prosecutors John Durham, Raymond Tierney and Paul Scotti declined to comment after Monday’s status conference, as did attorneys for the four who could be reached.

Arrests of illegal criminals jumps 250% in one week

As promised, immigration police have expanded their campaign to deport illegals with criminal records, announcing the seizure of 368 illegals in seven states and Washington, D.C.

That nearly a 250 percent increase over the 106 announced a week earlier.

The biggest seizures by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were in Texas, but they made arrests as far north as Wyoming.

What's more, they targeted members of the violent MS-13 gang and illegals charged with sex crimes against kids.

In one five-day campaign around Virginia and Washington, 82 illegals from 26 countries were arrested. ICE described them this way:

Police: Shooting victim tried to take law in own hands

Police have made an arrest in a March 31 Salisbury shooting — but it was the victim, not the shooter, who was taken into custody.

Ta'yron Baine, 22, of Salisbury, was struck in the left foot during a shooting on Tuscola Avenue on March 31. While Maryland State Police are actively investigating the shooting, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office arrested Baine on Monday.

A statement of charges filed in district court show Baine, a self-proclaimed member of the Bloods street gang, thought his neighbor may have been behind the shooting because he was allegedly a Crip. The two gangs have a historical animosity dating back to the 1960s. Lt. Ryan Bricker of the Maryland State Police's Salisbury Barrack could not validate whether Baine was a Blood, or if the shooting was even gang related.

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