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    8 MS-13 members indicted in Dallas on charges including racketeering conspiracy,

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    8 MS-13 members indicted in Dallas on charges including racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon

    Violent gang charged with using machetes, a shotgun, and other weapons to attack 10 victims

    DALLAS — A federal grand jury this week indicted eight MS-13 gang members on the following criminal charges: racketeering conspiracy; attempted murder in aid of racketeering; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering; and using, carrying and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

    The July 11 indictment was announced by the following agency heads: U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas, Special Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas Office, Field Office Director Marc Moore of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Chief Jeff Spivey of the Irving (Texas) Police Department, Chief U. Reneé Hall of the Dallas Police Department, and District Attorney Faith Johnson of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

    Charged in the 18-count indictment, which was unsealed July 13, are the following alleged MS-13 members and associates:• Rolan Ivan Hernandez-Fuentes, 25, aka Ivan Fuentes, Tasmania, Ronal Ivan and Fuentes Hernandez;• Jerson Gutierrez-Ramos, 20, aka Gerson Gutierrez and Sparky;• Cristian Wilfredo Cabrera-Cruz, 26, aka Cristin Benjamin Vigil and Mama; • Kevin Cruz, 19, aka Street Danger;• Jose Armando Saravia-Romero, 19, aka Jose Saravia, Mandy and Pinky; • Manuel Amaya-Alvarez, 21, aka Manuel Amaya and Chocolate; and • Jonathan Alexander Baires, 20, aka Splinter.

    The name of the eighth defendant is currently under seal.“Gangs — and especially transnational gangs like MS-13 — are responsible for many of the violent crimes that occur throughout the country,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, HSI Dallas. “Some of these violent gang members have illegally entered the United States as unaccompanied alien children. As demonstrated with this HSI-led investigation, an ongoing coordinated multi-agency law enforcement effort is the best means of curtailing gang numbers, gang finances, and gang effectiveness to operate.

    “MS-13 is one of the most violent and ruthless gangs on the streets today,” stated U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “Working with our federal, state and local partners, we are determined to dismantle this organization wherever we find it in order to make our communities safer in Texas.”

    “The Department of Justice will not allow MS-13 to terrorize any community, school or street corner,” said Attorney General Sessions. “The gang has more than 10,000 members following its barbaric motto of ‘kill, rape, and control’ across 40 states, and that threatens law-abiding Americans. Today’s Indictment of eight MS-13 members—including five who are charged as illegal aliens in possession of firearms — makes clear that the Trump Administration and this Department will continue to go on offense against MS-13 with every lawful tool at our disposal. I want to thank our fabulous Department of Justice attorneys for their hard work on this case as well as our partners with HSI, ICE, the Dallas County District Attorney's office, and the Dallas and Irving Police Departments. This case is yet another step toward dismantling MS-13 and taking its members off our streets for good."

    “Evil gangs like MS-13 are perpetrators of senseless violence in our communities,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “The Indictment of these individuals shows a continued commitment to going after these dangerous individuals and keeping our communities safe. The State of Texas will continue to offer any assistance and resources necessary to crack down on these criminals, and I thank our federal, state, and local partners in law enforcement for their ongoing efforts to address gang violence across Texas.”

    According to the indictment, MS-13 is a national and transnational gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador. Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operate in cities around the country, including the Irving Loco Salvatruchas (ILS) clique in the Dallas area. MS-13 members and associates are required to commit acts of violence to join the gang, and to maintain membership and discipline within the gang.

    One of the principal rules of MS-13 is that its members and associates must attack and kill rivals, known as “chavalas,” whenever possible. Members and associates of the ILS clique held meetings in multiple locations in the vicinity of Irving, Texas, including several public parks and a tunnel under Irving.

    According to the Indictment, beginning on or about July 2016, and continuing through on or about the date of the Indictment, Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos and Cruz, participated in a racketeering conspiracy that included attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery.

    Across the racketeering conspiracy and other counts, the indictment charges the following defendants for their alleged involvement in six attacks, including multiple machete attacks, upon 10 victims, including members or associates of the rival 18th Street Gang:

    Date (on/in or about)
    July 14, 2017 5600 Block of Spring Valley Road in Dallas Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos, Cabrera-Cruz Machete and other weapons Two (one from 18th Street Gang)
    July 15, 2017 200 block of West Rochelle Road in Irving Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos Machete One (drug dealer)
    Aug. 9, 2017 3000 block of Webb Chapel Extension in Dallas Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos, Cruz Knife, sledgehammer, and other weapons One (from 18thStreet Gang)
    Aug. 19, 2017 1900 block of East Grauwyler Road in Irving Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos, Cruz, Saravia-Romero Metal bat One (from 18thStreet Gang)
    Middle of August 2017 through Aug. 20, 2017 Two Dallas parks and an apartment complex in Dallas Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos, Cruz, Saravia-Romero Shotgun One (from 18th Street Gang)
    Beginning of 2017 through Sept. 25, 2017 Various locations in Dallas and Running Bear Park in Irving Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos, Cruz, Amaya-Alvarez, Baires Multiple machetes, shotgun, and other weapons Four (one from 18th Street Gang)

    Cabrera-Cruz was arrested on the indictment July 12 and made an initial appearance in Dallas. Hernandez-Fuentes, Gutierrez-Ramos, Cruz, Saravia-Romero, Amaya-Alvarez and Baires are currently in Texas state custody on charges relating to the Aug. 19, 2017 and Sept. 25, 2017, events described above. Their initial appearances will be scheduled.

    An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. This investigation was conducted by the following agencies: HSI Dallas, Irving Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.

    Trial Attorney Joseph Wheatley of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gary Tromblay and Siddharth Mody of the Northern District of Texas, are prosecuting this case.

    Click here to see the full indictment

    Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/13/2018
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    Illegal Alien MS-13 Gang Member Gets 20 Years for Deadly Machete Attack

    Nov. 19, 2019
    John Binder

    An illegal alien MS-13 gang member has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his involvement in a machete attack that left one woman dead.

    Manuel Amaya-Alvarez, a 22-year-old illegal alien and member of the violent MS-13 gang, received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison this week for helping attack four individuals in an Irving, Texas, park that resulted in the death of a woman.

    Amaya-Alvarez, who pleaded guilty in May to four counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering, admitted to federal prosecutors that he belonged to the MS-13 gang — a violent street gang based in El Salvador that has spread across the United States due to the nation’s lack of immigration controls.

    In September 2017, Amaya-Alvarez, along with four other MS-13 gang members, plotted to murder four individuals — three men and a woman. Prosecutors said Amaya-Alvarez and his fellow gang members lured the individuals to a park where they eventually robbed them and attacked them with machetes and clubs.

    While the three men fled the scene in the midst of the attack, the woman was unable to run away and eventually died from injuries caused by machetes. Two of the men who fled suffered serious injuries.

    MS-13, originally from El Salvador, is primarily made up of illegal aliens, Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), and newly arrived immigrants living in the U.S. Today, the gang operates largely in Los Angeles, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, but conducts gang activities and drug distribution across at least 40 states and has at least 10,000 members in the country.

    Investigations by the Justice Department have revealed that MS-13 leaders in El Salvador have sent recruits and members to the U.S. illegally, often posing as UACs, to help strengthen ranks within the gang.

    In a recent case, 16-year-old Juan Carlos Con Guzman was allegedly hacked to death by two MS-13 gang members living in the sanctuary county of King County, Washington, as Breitbart News reported. The sanctuary county previously refused to turn the two illegal aliens over to federal immigration officials for arrest and deportation.
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    Criminal alien, wanted for killing motorist, flees after local law enforcement ignores immigration detainer

    PORTLAND, Ore. – On July 12, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies announced they had responded to a crash involving Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, as well as Patrick Ator and his wife, Janace Ator, who were traveling in another vehicle. Maldonado-Hernandez, who was in the United States illegally and allegedly responsible for the crash, was transported to the local hospital with only minor injuries. Mr. Ator was taken to the hospital where he was treated for severe injuries while his wife, Janace, lost her life as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

    Maldonado-Hernandez was arrested by local authorities the same day and booked into the Washington County jail on charges of felony manslaughter in the second degree, felony assault in the third degree, and misdemeanor reckless driving.

    On July 16, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers encountered Maldonado-Hernandez while he was being held at the Washington County jail and lodged an immigration detainer.

    On August 8, the jail failed to honor the detainer and released Maldonado-Hernandez back into the community he had previously victimized.

    Under federal law, ICE has the authority to lodge immigration detainers with law enforcement partners who have custody of individuals arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer form asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period of time so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon release from that agency’s custody. Yet, across the United States, several jurisdictions refuse to honor detainers and instead choose to willingly release criminal offenders back into their local communities where they are free to offend.

    When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release a criminal alien onto the streets, it negatively impacts public safety.
    “The decision to rebuff immigration detainers and not to hold dangerous individuals until ICE arrives to pick them up is a costly one,” said Nathalie Asher, Seattle field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). There is nothing that should prevent local law enforcement officials from making a simple phone call to notify ICE that a criminal alien is being released. The decision to continue to cite misguided sanctuary laws that allow dangerous criminals back on the streets, and many times the opportunity to flee prosecution, is irresponsible and jeopardizes public safety.”

    According to a Washington County Sherriff’s Department news alert investigators learned Aug. 27, that Maldonado-Hernandez fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

    It is safer for everyone if ICE takes custody of an alien in the controlled environment of another law enforcement agency as opposed to visiting an alien’s residence, place of work, or other public area. Arresting a criminal in the safety, security, and privacy of a jail is always the best option.

    “It is real slap in the face to the victims friends and family when criminal aliens, in this case a man who has caused the death of a woman and severe injuries to her husband, are released into the community due to dangerous sanctuary policies,” continued Asher. “How many lives have to be lost before politicians are more concerned about public safety than their own political agendas?”

    Maldonado-Hernandez remains an at-large criminal alien.

    Do not attempt to apprehend any subject. If you have information about the whereabouts of these fugitives, immediately contact your local ICE office or call the national hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.

    Criminal alien, wanted for killing motorist, flees after local law enforcement ignores immigration detainer
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