Category Archives: Gangs

January 11, 2018

Female MS-13 gang member, 18, told teen girl ‘don’t forget my name’ in video confession of brutal killing

“Does [the murder] bother you?” interrogators asked. Iraheta just shook her head.

A teenage member of the MS-13 street gang, who sought to avenge the murder of her boyfriend by killing a 15-year-old girl, chillingly told her victim “don’t forget my name” just before stabbing the girl more than a dozen times, according to interrogation video released Wednesday.

Venus Romero Iraheta, who was 17 at the time of the January 2017 murder, pleaded guilty Monday in a Virginia courtroom to first-degree murder, abduction and criminal street gang participation in the slaying of Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas.

“I grabbed her by the throat and I couldn’t help but hit her,” Iraheta, who was charged as an adult, told police in video released to FOX5 DC.

The video was recorded on Valentine’s Day 2017 during her interrogation by Fairfax County Police. Iraheta originally denied being responsible for Reyes Rivas’ death but later confessed to the crime.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

January 3, 2018

African gangs in Melbourne are a problem, police admit, as Victorian Government defends strategy

Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the problem.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the Government’s handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday said “African gang crime” was out of control in Melbourne because of lenient state policies.

The issue has become a priority for both major parties after a series of recent headline-grabbing crimes blamed on groups of young African men, including the trashing of an Airbnb property in Werribee, vandalism in Tarneit and a night of violence at St Kilda Beach involving dozens of youths.

Just days after Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he did “not accept for a minute that we do have gangs”, Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said there were African street gangs in Melbourne.

“We have for a significant period of time said that there is an issue with overrepresentation by African youth in serious and violent offending as well as public disorder issues,” Acting Commissioner Patton said.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

January 2, 2018

Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

The custom of setting vehicles alight on New Year’s Eve is said to have kicked off around Strasbourg, eastern France in the 1990s, in the the city’s deprived, high-immigrant districts.

Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars on New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” amid a row over whether the government sought to play down the figures.

According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or “more lightly affected”, amounted to a 17 per cent rise compared to last year.

Despite this, New Year’s Eve “went off without any major incident”, the interior ministry insisted in a statement, adding that there were only “a few troubles with public order”.

In fact, police arrested 454 people over the night, 301 of whom were taken into custody.

On Sunday, the ministry had chosen to release a much lower figure of 650 cars torched, as this only indicated the number of vehicles “set on fire” and not those engulfed in the ensuing flames.

The lower figure enabled it to claim: “Once again this year, the overall number of vehicles burned demonstrates that, however intolerable, the phenomenon is contained”. By this calculation, the rise, it said, was only 48 cars.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

December 30, 2017

London Police ‘Could Be Sitting on a Rotherham Style Sexual Grooming Gang Situation’ (Video)

The Metropolitan Police force “could be sitting on a Rotherham-style sexual grooming gang situation”, a London Assembly Member has claimed.

The accusation, from UKIP group leader Peter Whittle, comes as a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services reveals that Scotland Yard failed to properly handle 90 per cent of recent child protection cases.

Earlier this month, the Met’s most senior officer responded to concerns by claiming grooming gangs had been part of British society for “centuries”.

According to The Times, the UK’s largest police force is now worse at helping and protecting children at risk of sexual exploitation and rape than it was a year ago.

Inspectors reviewed a random sample of 135 cases in November concerning various types of abuse, including possible child sexual exploitation, missing children, and domestic abuse.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

December 22, 2017

‘People here live in fear’: MS-13 menaces a community seven miles from the White House

“Bautista paid for her son to be smuggled to the border and the U.S. agency in charge of unaccompanied minors flew him to Maryland”

It took Abigail Bautista less than a month of living in Langley Park to learn that her new neighborhood in Maryland had its own set of laws, written not in statutes but in gang graffiti and blood.

The Guatemalan mother of five was pushing a cart of merchandise along University Boulevard one winter morning in late 2012 when three young men approached.

“Do you know who we are?” one asked her in Spanish.

Bautista shook her head.

“We are La Mara Salvatrucha,” he said. “And here, there are rules.”

Pay $60 “rent” per week or there would be trouble, he said. Undocumented and afraid of being deported if she went to police, Bautista began handing over the cash.

She had heard of the international street gang growing up in Central America, where MS-13, as it’s known, controls cities through brutality and corruption. But she had lived for the better part of a decade in the United States without crossing its path.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

December 12, 2017

Suspected East London Grooming Gang ‘Targeted Girls as Young as Thirteen’

London police believe they have uncovered a new child sex grooming gang in East London, possibly linked to drug dealing and trafficking in the area.

The gang allegedly targeted girls “as young as 13” and operated around a McDonalds and Stratford shopping centre in Newham, with teenagers “coerced” into sexual activity, according to a police statement.

The ethnic and religious makeup of the gang and their victims is not known at this time.

So far, six arrests have been made on the 17th and 25th of November, and police are appealing to the public, as they believe there could be many more victims yet to come forward.

The arrests include a 34-year-old man held on suspicion of rape and possession with intent to supply drugs. He has been released pending the investigation.

Two 21-year-olds, one 16-year-old, and two other teenagers aged 15 were also arrested, for crimes including robbery, possession of drugs, and child abduction.

Police are working with The Children’s Society to help victims as well as business in the Stratford shopping centre as they investigate the alleged crimes.

Specially trained officers will be working in the area, issuing Child Abduction Warning Notices, distributing leaflets, and “disrupting those who are seen to target vulnerable groups of young girls.”

[…]

Complete text linked here.

December 10, 2017

MS-13 foiled in attempt to kidnap, kill teen boy on Long Island

The three other suspects — Jorge Bermudez Cedillos, 18; Lilliana Villanueva, 17; and Oscar Fuentes, 18 — came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.

Long Island police say they foiled an MS-13 kidnapping and murder plot when they saw the intended 16-year-old male victim being coerced into a van.

Plainclothes officers arrested five members and associates of the notorious immigrant street gang on conspiracy charges after Wednesday’s takedown in Brentwood, Newsday reported.

President Trump went to Brentwood in July and vowed to crush MS-13, while pledging a tougher approach on immigration. “They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields,” he said about the gang. “They’re animals.”

Officers told Newsday that two of the suspects, Vidal Contrera-Ortiz, 18, and Miguel Rivera, 20, were illegal immigrants.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

November 23, 2017

Police: Illegal Alien MS-13 Gang Member Decapitated Man, Cut His Heart Out Inside ‘Sanctuary’ County

“The victim has been stabbed over one-hundred times, decapitated, dismembered, and his heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave.”

Nearly a dozen members of the hyperviolent MS-13 street gang lured a man into a park and stabbed him over 100 times, cut his head off, and cut his heart out of his chest and threw it on the grave they buried him in, authorities say.

Law enforcement officials in North Carolina recently arrested Miguel “Timido” Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, who was extradited to Montgomery County, Maryland, where he made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

According to court documents, another member of MS-13 identified Lopez-Abrego as being involved in the gruesome murder:

On 09/05/2017 [unnamed MS-13 member] took MCPD detectives to the gravesite located in the park and he further described the circumstances of the murder and detailed the choking, stabbing, decapitating, and dismembering the victim’s body before dumping it into a pre-dug hole.

[Unnamed MS-13 member] identified one of the other participants in the murder as an adult male he knew as Miguel and whose nickname was “Timido.”

The victim has been stabbed over one-hundred times, decapitated, dismembered, and his heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

November 21, 2017

Chicago passes 600 homicides for only third time since 2003

This weekend saw 13 people shot in the city, including a 14-year-old boy who was seriously injured.

Chicago has surpassed 600 homicides for the second year in a row and for only the third time since 2003, according to data kept by the Tribune.

As of early Monday, the city has recorded at least 609 homicides. That trails the 711 homicides this time last year but far exceeds previous years. In 2015, the city had recorded 443 homicides by the weekend of Nov. 22. In 2014, it was 400.

The Chicago Police Department’s count of homicides this year is 595 because, unlike the Tribune, it does not count homicides on expressways as well as fatal shootings by police officers and homicides considered justified.

Shootings are also markedly down from last year but up by hundreds compared to previous years. At least 3,267 people have been shot in Chicago this year, compared to 3,937 this time last year. In 2015, the number so far was 2,288 and in 2014, 1,999.

[…]

Complete text linked here.

November 18, 2017

One-Third of 214 Arrested MS-13 Gangsters Were ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ (Video)

Almost one-third of 214 U.S.-based MS-13 gang members arrested in an international sweep were invited into the United States by President Barack Obama’s “Unaccompanied Alien Children” policy.

The successful “Raging Bull’ sweep was announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Tom Homan in a joint press conference at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The operation is a “significant step towards dismantling and eradicating MS-13 in the United States and in El Salvador,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki, the second-ranking official at DOJ’s Criminal Division. El Salvador police also arrested 53 gang members in El Salvador.

Sixteen of the 214 arrestees in the United States are U.S. citizens. Five were legal immigrants.

Ninety-three of 214 arrestees are charged with federal or state criminal offenses and will face prison time in the United States, said Derek Benner, the deputy executive associate director of the Homeland Security Investigations division.

[…]

Complete text linked here.