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11 MS-13 members charged in murder of two teenagers in Virginia

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Eleven members of MS-13 have been charged with kidnapping two teenagers, ages 17 and 14, whose bodies were discovered buried in the woods in northern Virginia last year. Authorities claim each of the 11 gang members played some role in the murder of one or both boys. From Fox News:

Police uncovered the bodies of 17-year-old Edvin Escobar Mendez and 14-year-old Sergio Arita Triminio at Holmes Run Park in March 2017 after receiving a tip.

The two teens disappeared just weeks apart the prior year.

After Mendez vanished and was reported missing by his family, his brother tracked down Triminio – one of his friends – who revealed to him that Mendez was “abducted or killed” because the MS-13 members thought he was allied with a rival gang.

Two days after that reported conversation, Triminio, who lived near Holmes Run Park, disappeared while taking out the trash.

“He never came back,” his mother said.

All but one of the eleven men charged are immigrants from El Salvador. NBC 4 Washington reports the names and charges for each of the eleven individuals. Note the gang names of some of these individuals, i.e. “Killer” and “Horror.”

  • Elmer Zelaya Martinez, aka Killer, 27. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Erick Palacios Ruiz aka Cara de Malo, 20. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Ronald Herrera Contreras, aka Speedy, 20. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Josue Vigil Mejia, aka Horror, 21. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Henry Zelaya Martinez, aka Certero, 24. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Oscar Contreras Aguilar, aka Atrevido, 20. Charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to kidnap
  • Yonathan Melgar Martinez, aka Oso, 21. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Pablo Miguel Barrera Velasco, aka Oscuro, 20. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Anderson Villatoro, aka Enterrado, 21. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Francisco Avila Avalos, aka Picador, 20. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap
  • Fredys Baires Abarca, aka Lil Clandestino, 20. Charged with conspiracy to kidnap.

El Salvador is listed as the country of origin for all 11 suspects. Ten of the men are in custody; police believe one of the men fled the country. Ten of the men are undocumented, and one has a green card.

The charges listed above mostly focus on kidnapping but the Washington Post reports, “prosecutors plan to seek additional charges against some defendants, some of which carry the possibility of the death penalty.” Also, according to the indictment, “each of the 11 defendants was involved in at least one of the slayings.”

For those not familiar with the area, this didn’t happen in some remote part of Virginia. The park where the bodies were buried is in the midst of a relatively well-off suburb about 10 miles from the White House. This tweet contains a photo of the two victims as well as a map showing the location the bodies were found:

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Baltimore finally asks the feds to help them with their murder problem

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With the heat of the summer upon us, the murder rate in Baltimore, Maryland is once again climbing back up. Still not as bad as the previous two years, but it was a late spring and the gangs have started making up for lost time. This past weekend five people were killed and seven more injured in various shootings around the city. Knowing that things are only going to get worse as we move into July and August, the Police Commissioner and the Mayor announced this week that a “summer surge” of law enforcement was coming and they are requesting help from federal agencies to battle “the worst of the worst” among Charm City’s violent criminal element. (Baltimore Sun)

In an effort to control violence over the summer, the Baltimore police plan to lean on federal law enforcement agencies to target a list of offenders that Commissioner Gary Tuggle called the “baddest of the bad.”

Tuggle and Mayor Catherine E. Pugh held a news conference at City Hall Monday to lay out what was billed as a “summer surge” to tackle crime. But officials provided few details about what form the aid from federal agencies would take.

“We understand what the summer months look like, as the days get longer, more people on the street, we want to make sure that we’re in front of the violence,” Pugh said.

When you’re fighting a war you need to put some boots on the ground, and the city of Baltimore is in the middle of a war with gang violence. From that point of view, it’s something of a relief to see the Mayor looking for some bigger guns to come in and investigate cases involving the worst killers on the streets. Most federal agencies had no immediate comment on the possibility of special task forces heading to Baltimore, though the U.S. Marshals Service said they provide help “wherever requested.”

If the city can find a way to work peacefully with (or at least stay out of the way of) federal agents and give them full access, the feds might actually be able to cut down some of the gang violence. Such relief would be a welcome change. But is Washington going to be ready to jump in with both feet and bail Baltimore out?

That might seem like a silly question until you consider that the Justice Department has been prioritizing their resources in terms of helping those who are willing to help the feds. Specifically, Jeff Sessions hasn’t exactly been bending over backward to distribute personnel and resources to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the feds on other matters.

Where does Baltimore fall on that scale? Mayor Pugh has previously rejected the term sanctuary city, preferring to call Baltimore a “welcoming city.” But that didn’t stop the City Council from setting up a fund worth $200K, including $100K of government funding, to hire lawyers to fight deportation orders.

Also, when the first rounds of ICE raids targeting “noncompliant jurisdictions” started last year, one of the first to be hit was Baltimore. Based on that, I’m fairly sure that the government has Baltimore on the naughty list. Will that impact how much they’re willing to invest in taming Baltimore’s gang problem? Honestly, I hope it doesn’t. This might be a time for a gesture of goodwill. Go in there and bust up some of the gangs, lock up the most violent killers, and then come back to ask the Mayor if she is seeing municipal cooperation with federal officials in a different light these days.

Sometimes the old saying is true and you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Of course, neither of them holds a candle to a dead squirrel. But I digress.

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Hoping for new leads in a 1998 Md. murder gone cold

WASHINGTON — A woman found dead 20 years ago this week is still unidentified, and Maryland investigators are hoping someone will recognize a new sketch of the victim.

Charles County Sheriff’s Department investigators found the woman’s decomposing body in an overgrown Bel Alton, Maryland, field in 1998 and determined she had been killed.

Investigators found that the victim was not carrying identification, and without any matching fingerprints on file, the case went cold. They describe the victim as a black woman with a light complexion who stood between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall who was in her late 20s or early 30s when she died in 1998.

Authorities released a black-and-white sketch in 2005. But now, Charles County sheriff’s forensics have created a color version with slightly modified features, including a change to the woman’s hairstyle, which they hope will generate tips.

There is a $10,000 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction of her killer. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive can contact Charles County Crime Solvers online or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Those who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous.

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19-year-old charged with murder in case previously linked to MS-13

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A 19-year-old named Jose Lopez has been charged with murder in New York after police discovered the body of a teen who had been missing for two years. Police say the killing was connected to the violent gang MS-13. From Newsday:

Jose Lopez, 19, of Howard Avenue is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead on a second-degree murder charge in the slaying of Josue Amaya Leonor, 19.

After Leonor’s body was found, Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said there was “no doubt” that Leonor was the victim of the MS-13 gang, responsible for a wave of deaths on Long Island.

Leonor’s body was found buried deep in a wooded area two weeks ago. From Pix 11:

Investigators found the remains of Josue Amaya Leonor, 19, on Wednesday.  He was buried 5 feet underground about a mile into a wooded area…

Leonor’s remains were found one day after an arrest was made in a separate MS-13 murder case. Police arrested Josue Figueroa-Velasquez, 18, in connection with the murder of Angel Soler. His body was also found in a wooded lot in Roosevelt.

Soler, whose body was discovered in October, had been hacked to death with a machete. Both Soler and Leonor were also friends with 20-year-old Kerin Pineda who was also killed by the gang. His body was also discovered last year.

MS-13 is believed to be responsible for as many as 25 murders on Long Island. President Trump made news recently when he referred to gang members as “animals.” A bill to provide up to $50 million in federal grants to fight gangs like MS-13 was passed earlier this month:

“It is clear that the resurgence of MS-13 is a multi-faceted problem that requires a multi-faceted solution incorporating efforts from all levels of government, law enforcement and communities,” [Rep. Barbara] Comstock said on the House floor earlier Wednesday.

The bill authorizes $50 million to be appropriated from 2019 through 2021 to be administered by the Justice Department.

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Rape allegation makes Muslin teen’s death a capital case

Rape allegation makes Muslin teen’s death a capital case

 

Westlake Legal Group Rape-300x215 Rape allegation makes Muslin teen’s death a capital case Rape Muslim murder Islamic abduction   As reported by the Associated Press, the indictment issued Monday includes capital murder and rape charges and will allow prosecutors to pursue a death-penalty case against Darwin Martinez-Torres, 22, of Sterling. He is accused in the slaying of Nabra Hassanen of Reston, whose death back in June rattled northern Virginia’s Muslim community.

Prior to Monday’s indictment, much of the discussion surrounding the case revolved around whether prosecutors should bring hate-crime charges — as sought by some activists — or whether it was a case of road rage, as police have long maintained. Monday’s indictment, though, brought into focus another aspect of the case: While police had said previously they were investigating whether Hassanen had been sexually assaulted, the indictment is the first court document to spell out any kind of sex-crime charges against Martinez-Torres. Virginia law allows prosecutors to pursue a death penalty case only under certain conditions. Those include murder in the commission of a rape and murder during an abduction with intent to defile.

The seven-count indictment handed up Monday actually includes four counts of capital murder, with occasionally graphic detail on the ways in which prosecutors believe the slaying qualifies for the death penalty.

The teenager’s death continues to resonate. More than 200 supporters wearing “Justice for Nabra” T-shirts showed up at a preliminary hearing Friday for Martinez-Torres. The hearing was delayed when the girl’s parents had to be restrained from charging at Martinez-Torres. Her mother threw a shoe at him.

Police have said Hassanen was out with a group of more than a dozen friends at about 3:40 a.m. June 18. The group was walking back to their mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, after eating at a McDonald’s ahead of a daylong fast. Observant Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, which this year coincided with the summer solstice. As a result, teens from the mosque sometimes went out for fast-food meals in the overnight hours between the late-night and early morning prayer services.

Police say Martinez-Torres encountered the group and got into a confrontation with some of the kids who had been in the roadway. Martinez-Torres chased after the group and caught Hassanen, at one point bludgeoning her with a baseball bat, police said.

In a search warrant affidavit, police say Martinez-Torres admitted killing Hassanen and that he led them to where he had dumped her body in a nearby pond. Some Muslim activists called for hate-crime charges. Police and prosecutors said they have seen no evidence of anti-Muslim bias that would warrant such a charge.

 

 

Jacqueline A. Kramer

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