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Date: Dec 2018

14-year-old Far Rockaway girl lured two to gang-related deaths on promise of sex: cops

A Queens teen killed on Long Island by suspected gang members was likely lured to his death by the same 14-year-old girl accused of enticing another victim who was murdered days earlier in a nearby park, sources said.

Harold Sermeno, 17, had just started working at an East Rockaway restaurant when he was found shot to death outside Five Towns Community Center on Dec.18.

Police are investigating a lead that he was lured to his death on the same promise of sex that did in Ian Cruz, 23, who was found in Bayswater Point State Park on Dec. 16.

Court records revealed Cruz was found partially naked, with only blue underwear and white socks on, and with gunshot wounds to his head.

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 25 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder and Attempted Murder on Long Island

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Elmer Alexander Lopez, a member of the Centrales Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 25 years’ imprisonment. The sentencing follows Lopez’s guilty plea to racketeering charges relating to his participation in the June 3, 2016 murder of Jose Pena and the July 3, 2016 attempted murder of a suspected rival gang member. Upon completion of his sentence, Lopez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, faces deportation from the United States.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence.

“With today’s sentence, Elmer Lopez has been held responsible for the brutal acts of violence he committed on behalf of MS-13 to enforce its vicious rules,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The defendant’s conviction, and the ongoing prosecutions of dozens of other MS-13 members by our Office working with the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, reflects the ongoing commitment to eliminate this lawless criminal organization.”

Dirty Dozen: 12 MS-13 Members Indicted On Murder, Burglary Charges

A dozen MS-13 members suspected of terrorizing rival gangs and at least one defector in Eastern Queens were indicted by a grand jury on murder, drug and weapons charges on Wednesday.

The 12 reputed members of the La Mara Salvatrucha street gang — more commonly known as MS-13 — are accused of plotting to kill rivals from the Latin Kings gang and man who tried to leave MS-13, said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“This was a long-term investigation that not only thwarted a plot to kill an individual — a man trying to remove himself from this vicious street gang — but also resulted in taking would-be killers off our neighborhood streets," Brown said in a joint statement with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Homeland Security Investigations New York Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez.

"Gang violence, intimidation and out-right ruthless brutality will not be tolerated in this county,” Brown continued. “These indictments are another example of how law enforcement and prosecutors can and will work together to stop the senseless killings in our communities.”

Federal prisoners convicted in drugs and murder trial face new charges for allegedly beating guards in Baltimore

Three federal prisoners have been indicted on charges of assaulting U.S. marshals and other guards who escorted them to and from a federal racketeering trial in Baltimore.

John Harrison, 28, Taurus Tillman, 29, and Brandon Wilson, 24, were convicted in October of racketeering and drug crimes. Prosecutors said the three men and five co-defendants ran a murderous West Baltimore drug crew known as “Trained To Go.” All eight were convicted during a 24-day trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

As their trial proceeded, security measures increased. In a break from routine, the marshals began leaving Harrison handcuffed in the courtroom. Officials had declined to discuss reasons for the strict measures.

Another Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of 10-Year-Old

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation’s capital have arrested a seventh suspect in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was killed when gunshots were fired into a crowd.

WTOP-FM reported Friday that 19-year-old Darrise Jeffers has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed in the July shooting of Makiyah Wilson.

Makiyah was on her way to get ice cream when four masked men leaped out of a car and fired gunshots into a crowded apartment courtyard. Metro police say Jeffers is a member of a gang that planned an attack on the neighborhood.

Federal Jury Convicts Leader of Violent Baltimore Gang

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors say a federal jury has convicted the 24-year-old leader of a violent Baltimore gang following a 12-day trial.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Trevon Beasley led the Old York Money Gang. That's a street gang from the Waverly neighborhood that authorities say has been involved in murders, extortion and drug dealing across the Baltimore area.

He was convicted Friday of multiple charges related to his gang activities.

Beasley faces a maximum sentence of life on racketeering, drug and gun conspiracy counts. Sentencing is set for March 29.

Gang Member Wanted Since 2016 Arrested, $10K Reward Offered For Remaining Fugitives

BALTIMORE (WJZ) A fugitive that had been in the ATF’s crosshairs for two years was arrested Nov. 29 for crimes related to his alleged role in a violent drug distribution conspiracy.

Terrell “Relly” Luster had been wanted by the ATF Baltimore Field Division since Sept. 2016. Police said he’s a member of the “Hillside Enterprise” a gang that operated in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore for 14 years.

The indictment specifically alleges that Luster was involved in at least one murder and could be involved in other murders, attempted murders and aggravated assaults with two other members of Hillside Enterprise, Travis “Sticks” Alewine and Deaven “Gotti” Cherry.

Teen charged in MS-13 killing had avoided deportation

BOSTON – A Massachusetts teen facing charges in the killing of a 17-year-old boy had been allowed to remain in the country despite being identified by police as an active member of MS-13, recently filed federal court documents show.

Homeland Security officials told an immigration judge this summer 19-year-old Henri Salvador Gutierrez should be deported to his native El Salvador because he was a "verified and active member" of MS-13 with multiple weapons-related arrests, prosecutors said in a filing last week.

But the judge deemed the information against Gutierrez inconclusive and ordered him released on June 30, just weeks before the Somerville resident and five other alleged MS-13 members stabbed Herson Rivas to death in Lynn on July 30, according to prosecutors.

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