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Twice deported member of MS-13 charged with murder in Maryland

September 10, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Twice deported member of MS-13 charged with murder in Maryland

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Authorities have charged a previously deported member of MS-13 with the murder of an 18-year-old man in Maryland.

Family members described Cristian Villagran-Morales as a hardworking landscaper in Maryland who helped his father make ends meat back in his native country of Guatemala.

Police investigators say the 18-year-old was murdered back on June 16th by Oscar Delgado-Perez, a reputed member of the lethal MS-13 gang.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Immigration authorities deported Delgado-Perez on two occasions, but each time he still re-entered the country.

Police charged 28-year-old Delgado-Perez with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing Villagran-Morales over 40 times, because he reportedly sought to impress his fellow gang associates, police said.

Delgado-Perez was deported two times in the past two years back to his native El Salvador. Law enforcement officials captured him at a Red Roof Inn on Wednesday.

He was scheduled to appear up at Montgomery County court on Friday, and along with at least two other MS-13 members also implicated in the fatal event.

Police reported the suspect carried out a targeted attack on Villagran-Morales, who was seemingly lured into a park by Vanesa Alvarado, who hinted that they might have sex.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also referred to as ICE, stated that Delgado-Perez was extradited to El Salvador in October 2014, and February 2015. He faces deportation again. However, he will likely first serve time behind bars in the U.S.

Montgomery County Police Department Police Chief Tom Manger said that although his office encourages collaboration between law enforcement and federal immigration agents, his police officers also must not be perceived by the immigrant community as quasi-immigration authorities.

In an interview with the New York Post, Manger said that having the trust of the immigrant community is essential to their willingness to approach police if they are either witnesses or victims of any crimes.

“We have to strike that right balance,” he stated. “We’ve got to be able to go into those communities and have trust and cooperation.”

Manger additionally recognized the frustration among many citizens over the ability of dangerous immigrants such as Delgado-Perez to get back into the country after being deported.

“Certainly any community is better off without these individuals,” he added.

Authorities claim that the MS-13 gang members advanced toward the victim and the girl who seduced him and asked him to come with them into the woods to smoke weed.

Another suspected gang member told investigators that they believed that Villagran-Morales was part of a rival gang, but authorities think that it was just an excuse to gain credibility.

Police are still on the hunt for another suspect, 20-year-old Jose Coreas Ventura, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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