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Police: MS-13 stabbed teen Fairfax gang member 100+ times and set his body on fire

Police said the 16-year-old from Fairfax found dead in a remote grassy area of Stafford County was allegedly killed by members of an MS-13 “clique” that operates in Fairfax County, Va.

Prince George’s PD said the victim, Jacson Chicas, was also a member of that clique.

Police said a Stafford County deputy spotted a small fire along a road in the area, and discovered Chicas’ body early Saturday morning.

After an investigation, police have determined that Chicas was killed inside of a home located in the 7000 block of Varnum Street in Landover Hills, Md. in Prince George's County. Police say his remains were then driven to Stafford County.

Police: Suspects in custody after alleged gang-related killing of 16-year-old from Va.

STAFFORD, Va. (ABC7) — The Stafford County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with Prince George's County have determined that the body of a homicide victim discovered near River Road in Stafford County on Mar. 9 was killed in Prince George's County, Maryland.

At approximately 4:50 a.m., a deputy with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office was driving down River Road when he observed an unknown object in the area between the road and the Rappahannock River.

The deputy exited his vehicle and realized upon close inspection, that the object was the body of a male victim. The victim also observed signs of trauma to the body.

Detectives later released a photo of a distinctive tattoo on the victim's left forearm. Tips received from the public in response to that photo directly led to the identification of the victim.

Alleged MS-13 members face new indictment in teens’ deaths

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal grand jury has issued an updated indictment against 11 alleged MS-13 gang members for the kidnappings and killings of two northern Virginia teenagers in 2016.

Prosecutors say the defendants could face the death penalty.

The indictment issued Thursday alleges that a high-ranking MS-13 member from El Salvador, Edenilson Misael Alfaro, authorized other gang members to lure, kidnap, and kill 17-year-old Edvin Escobar Mendez of Falls Church and 14-year-old Sergio Arita Triminio of Alexandria.

The victims’ bodies were found buried in Holmes Run Park in Falls Church in March 2017.

According to prosecutors, Mendez was murdered because the defendants suspected he was a member of a rival gang intending to infiltrate MS-13.

‘Murdaland Mafia Piru’ Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Racketeering And Drug Conspiracies

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A member of the violent “Murdaland Mafia Piru” Bloods gang plead guilty Wednesday to drug and racketeering charges.

According to 28-year-old Devon Dent’s plea agreement, he was a member of the MMP and took part in the gang’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activities including murder, extortion, robbery, witness tampering and retaliation, money laundering, and drug distribution.

MMP is a subset of the Bloods gang that controlled the drug trade in large parts of northwest Baltimore and Baltimore County, including Forest Park, Windsor Mill, Gwynn Oak, Howard Park, Woodlawn, and Walbrook Junction.

MS-13 members seeking to ‘hit’ NY police officers living in parts of Long Island: report

Members of the MS-13 gang looking to improve their “street credibility” are reportedly aiming to target New York police officers who live in some areas of Long Island.

NYPD 105th Precinct officials issued a word of caution to officers residing in Brentwood, Central Islip and Patchogue about the “threats” as the gang members were apparently caught surveying officers’ homes, the New York Post reported Tuesday, citing an internal memo.

“Intel has been obtained that members of MS13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area, as well as possibly Patchogue in order to gain street credibility,” the document reportedly said. “These members are conducting reconnaissance of [member of service] private residences.”

Maryland's US Attorney, Top FBI Agent Talk About Efforts Against Gang Violence

Maryland's top federal prosecutor and the FBI special agent in charge came in studio to talk to C4 about their fight against violence.

They spoke on the eve of sentencing for Montana Barronette, who played a key role in a violent Baltimore drug gang called Trained To Go. He was one of eight convicted in October and faces up to life in prison for racketeering and drug conspiracy.

"They were resp for so much violence and so much drug dealing in the Sandtown neighborhood," Hur said. "This is the kind of prosecution where we really go after people who are moving the needle on violence."

Hur also talked about Gov. Larry Hogan's commitment of Maryland State Police resources to his office's strike team, and the importance of cooperative efforts more generally.

Convicted West Baltimore gang leader, dubbed city's 'No. 1 trigger puller,' sentenced to life in prison

Recruited to sell drugs at age 13, Montana Barronette headed a well-known violent gang in West Baltimore by 21 and was dubbed by police as the city’s “No.1 trigger puller.”

On Friday, just shy of his 24th birthday, the former leader of the “Trained to Go” gang was sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Romano described Barronette as a “killer without a conscience” who smiled as jurors convicted him last year. Barronette’s attorney, Michael Lawlor, argued for a 60-year sentence, saying his client was destined to fail given the desperate circumstances he faced as a child growing up in a violent city with little support.

Suspected MS-13 member pleads guilty to sex abuse of 2-year-old, stabbings

WOODBURY - A suspected MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl and stabbing two women – all on the same night.

In March 2017, Tommy Alvarado-Ventura was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting and beating a 2-year-old girl and stabbing two different women in Hempstead. The Nassau police commissioner at the time called it "probably the most heinous criminal act I've ever seen."

Alvardao-Ventura pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder, assault and sex assault. Police have said Alvarado-Ventura is a member of MS-13 who is in the U.S. illegally and was previously deported four times.

Progress Made Dismantling Violent Gang Networks, Multiple Arrests

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) model has achieved record arrest rates and successfully targeted violent gangs and drug trafficking organizations statewide during the month of January. These results were identified as a direct result of the MCIN model, funded by the Hogan Administration through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Announced by Governor Hogan on December 15, 2017, MCIN is a criminal justice strategy, coordinated at the local, state, and federal levels targeting gangs, drug, firearms, and human trafficking.

“The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is an integral part of Governor Hogan’s comprehensive strategy to work across jurisdictions to dismantle criminal organizations, remain ahead of potential threats, and to keep our state and citizens safe,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “The success for this effort is a direct result of the strong collaboration among federal, state and local partners.”

Suspected MS-13 Member Charged With Murder In Subway Shooting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A suspected gang member was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in connection to a deadly shooting on a subway platform.

Ramiro Gutierrez, 26, was also charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said he is a member of the MS-13 gang and has been arrested before.

“We have had a number of incidents involving MS-13 in recent months,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “They are suspected in a number of troubling incidents in Queens in the last year or two.”

Hagerstown Cease Pain movement calls for 72 hours of peace

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Cease pain weekend began Friday at midnight.

For the next 72 hours, this movement is encouraging everyone to take the peace challenge.

Hagerstown Cease Pain is a sister movement of Baltimore Cease Fire, which is an effort to stop violence for an entire weekend.

In Hagerstown, the emphasis is on those suffering from addiction to seek help and those in gangs to seek mentors.

Citizens are also encouraged to support small businesses, to eat dinner with family instead of in front of the tv, to refrain from misconduct on social media and to show love in the community.

MS-13 Members Plead Guilty To Using Facebook To Kidnap And Murder Victim

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The last of three gang members from MS-13 plead guilty Friday to using Facebook to lure a victim to Maryland where he was drowned and then stabbed repeatedly with a machete.

Court papers showed that 23-year-old Reynaldo “Fuego” Granados-Vasquez, 22-year-old Neris Moreno-Martinez, and 21-year-old Jose “Liar” Melendez-Rivera kidnapped and murdered Jordy Mejia, whom they believed to be a member of a rival gang.

According to their plea agreements, the three defendants were a part of the L.A. clique of MS-13. All three were citizens of El Salvador and unlawfully present in the United States.

Moreno-Martinez told Melendez-Rivera that Mejia was a part of the rival “18th Street Gang” during the summer of 2016. There is no evidence that Mejia was actually a member of any gang.

Mar 2019