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Feds: Previously deported MS-13 gang member nabbed at border

August 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Previously deported MS-13 gang member nabbed at border

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An undocumented immigrant busted at the Mexican border last weekend is a member of the ultra-violent MS-13 gang who was deported for robbing a home in Oregon as a terrified 12-year-old girl hid under a blanket.

Jorge Antonio Avila-Rodas was taken into custody on Saturday along with four other men 12 miles south of Arivaca, Arizona. The 34-year-old Honduran man was identified by agents as an MS-13 gang member as he was processed.

Authorities said Avila-Rodas has felony convictions for burglary in Oregon, along with immigration violations, without revealing further details. He is now facing federal criminal charges for re-entering the U.S. as a felon.

Reports indicated that Avila-Rodas was deported after serving 16 months behind bars for robbing a house in Troutdale, Oregon back in 2010 with two other, according to KTAR.

The case made headlines when authorities released a tape of a 911 call that Mackenzie Hughes made as she was hiding from the men under a blanket.

Accused MS-13 gang member Jorge Antonio Avila-Rodas (Photo courtesy Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office)

“Try not to cry,” the 911 dispatcher told the scared sixth-grader. “I know it’s hard. Do you have a stuffed animal you can hold onto?”

The young girl told the operator she couldn’t reach a stuffed animal without disclosing her hiding spot.

“It’s OK,” the operator replied. “You’ve got me with you.”

“He’s in my room,” Mackenzie whispered as she hid.

“He’s in your room?” the operator said. “Be quiet. Don’t talk to me, OK? Don’t talk.”

The 911 call lasted over eight minutes until the thieves left and police apprehended them.

Prosecutors said the man who went into Mackenzie’s room was Alexis Colindres-Munoz, 22, who cooperated with authorities after he was caught and served a 6-months in prison.

They said Avila-Rodas and another suspect, 23-year-old Benito Flores-Amador, were lookouts. Flores-Amador was also an illegal who was deported after serving his sentence.

The Oregonian reported that at the sentencing Avila-Rosas apologized to Mackenzie, saying “the trauma the girl is going through fills me with sadness. The truth is I regret that and it’s not going to happen again.”

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