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Man Shot Over Nike Shoes In Silver Spring: Reports

SILVER SPRING, MD — Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting where a man was targeted for wearing Nike Cortez sneakers that occurred Friday night in Long Branch Local Park in Silver Spring, according to reports.

Bethesda Magazine reports that a man was waiting outside the Long Branch Community Center at about 9 p.m. when he was approached by two other men.

The men asked the victim about his Nike Cortez running shoes and questioned whether he was a part of the Cortez gang, Lieutenant Rick Pelicano, a spokesman for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, told Bethesda Magazine.

Teens indicted in gang-related machete attack in Frederick

Two teenagers accused of a gang-related machete attack in Frederick were indicted Friday by a grand jury, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said.

Alejandro Daniel Rodriguez, 17, and Kevin Alexander Orellana, 16, both of Frederick, were indicted on charges of participation in a criminal gang and two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit those charges and reckless endangerment.

Police identified Rodriguez and Orellana as the teens who attacked two other youths on May 16 at Key Parkway and Waverley Drive, according to charging documents.

Montgomery County’s Lead Prosecutor Alarmed by Growing Gang Violence

Montgomery County’s elected leaders, law enforcement and prosecutors gathered Monday to share concerns about a recent increase in gang violence.

Officials have noticed rising levels of gang-related homicides and robberies in the county since 2015, and State’s Attorney John McCarthy said these numbers likely don’t paint a complete picture.

“I will tell you I’ve had some personal alarm watching what’s transpiring over the last year or so,” he told a County Council committee that met in Rockville. “I really don’t know that we have a real idea of the full extent to which there is gang crime in the county.”

3 men indicted in New York massacre by violent street gang

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Three alleged members of the MS-13 street gang have been charged in the murders of four young men found hacked to death in a New York park in April, according to an indictment that was quietly unsealed Monday.

The three suspects were arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court on Long Island, according to the attorney for one of the men. Their next court appearance is likely in September.

The indictment identified the defendants in the Long Island case as Alexis Hernandez, Santis Leonel Ortiz-Flores and Omar Antonio Villata. Attorneys for Ortiz-Flores and Hernandez declined to comment; the name of Villata’s attorney was not immediately available. All three suspects identified in the indictment are in custody.

16-Year-Old Gang Leader Convicted For Gaithersburg Mall Attack

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD — A 17-year-old man from Montgomery Village was convicted Thursday for organizing two assaults on two victims for wearing the wrong gang colors near the Lakeforest Mall, Montgomery Community Media reports.

Jose Zaldivar-Medina, a member of MS-13 gang, faces 63 years in prison for the April 2016 assault on the two victims and other charges. At the time of the assault, Zaldivar was 16.

On April 7, 2016, four MS-13 members saw two victims at the Gaithersburg mall wearing red. The MS-13 members thought the victims were members of a rival gang because of their color choice.

MS-13 gang banger gets 40 years for double murder

An MS-13 gang member was sentenced to 40 years behind bars Thursday for the grisly 2012 slaying of two men on Long Island.

Melvin Marquez-Sanchez, 22, slaughtered fellow MS-13 member Douglas Martinez and suspected rival Jose Vallejo in Brentwood and Hempstead before fleeing to Maryland and conspiring to whack someone else, authorities said.

Martinez was executed in August 2012 after violating rules of the gang by not “putting in the work,” and possibly cooperating with law enforcement, according to officials.

Two Sex Money Murder Gang Members Convicted In Connection With Murder Of Rival Gang Member

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that a federal jury late yesterday found COREY BROWN guilty of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, and firearms charges, and found JOSNEL RODRIGUEZ guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.   

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “As a unanimous jury found after trial, Corey Brown ordered the murder of Vincent Davis, a rival gang member, and Josnel Rodriguez participated in that murder. Sex Money Murder has terrorized residents of the Bronx with years of drug dealing, gang violence, and murder. This prosecution ensures that Brown and Rodriguez will no longer be able to do so. We will continue to be relentless in working to make our communities safer by investigating and prosecuting gang violence.”   

Three charged in murder of two Maryland teens

The Montgomery Police Department said that three suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing of two teens in Maryland. The bodies of the two teens were found a day before their High School graduation. Security agents said they suspect that the murder was revenge for a robbery operation that one of the slain teens was rumored to have carried out.

According to Yahoo News, Montgomery Police Chief Thomas Manger said at a press briefing on Saturday that three people have been charged with the deaths of Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem Ziberov, 18. The three suspects were identified as Jose Canales-Yanez, 25, Roger Garcia 19, and Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24.

All three men have been charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy. He added that two brothers, Garcia and Garcia-Gaona, were directly involved.

MS-13 Member Sentenced to 160 Months in Prison for Racketeering-Related Charges

Today, an MS-13 gang member was sentenced to 160 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring and attempting to murder on behalf of the gang.       

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning of the District of Maryland, Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Chief James Tom Kemp of the Greenbelt Police Department; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks made the announcement.

“Transnational criminal organizations like MS-13 cannot continue to devastate our communities and our children. They must be stopped. Today’s sentencing sends a warning to all gang and cartel members: we are coming for you,” said Attorney General Sessions. “This outcome shows how strong cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement can help us win the fight against violent gangs. I applaud the efforts of the fine Assistant U.S. Attorneys and all the dedicated men and women who brought this violent criminal to justice.”

Celvin Eulice Ramos-Meija, aka “Cadejo,” 21, of Columbia, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte of the District of Maryland. Ramos-Mejia previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and attempted murder in aid of racketeering.

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