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Texas DA: MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador green lighting hits in the U.S.

August 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas DA: MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador green lighting hits in the U.S.

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A district attorney in Texas revealed that MS-13 leaders in El Salvador are ordering hits carried out gang members in the U.S. Her comments came after an MS-13 gang member was arrested last week in Virginia related to the killing of two Houston residents.

“The way they murder, machetes, shooting them dozens of times. It’s purposeful to instill fear in the community,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the press at a news conference about an MS-13 gang member accused of murdering two victims in Houston. “MS leaders green lighting hits from El Salvador, well they can expect for us to return it in kind.”

Authorities in Virginia apprehended Douglas Alexander Herrera-Hernandez on an outstanding warrant out of Texas after the Department of Public Safety included him in their 10 Most Wanted. The first of two murders took place in June 2016, in Missouri City, which is a suburb in Fort Bend County. The second killing took place last month in Houston.

The double murder suspect was apprehended in Virginia last month

The MS-13 gang member taken into custody last month in Virginia for the two murders came into the U.S. as an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC).

Border agents released him under Obama’s catch-and-release policy, and he neglected to appear for a removal hearing, Breitbart Texas reported.

Herrera-Hernandez, aka “Terror,” a 20-year-old from El Salvador, illegally entered the U.S. in the Rio Grande Valley in 2014. Documents indicate that he was 17-year-old at the time.

He was arrested shortly after he crossed the border and he was then released with a “notice to appear” before an immigration judge. A Houston immigration judge issued a removal order to El Salvador for the MS-13 gang member after he did not show up for his hearing.

Herrera-Hernandez reportedly shot a 16-year-old in June 2016, who authorities say was providing confidential information about killings carried out by the MS-13 gang. A turf dispute between MS-13 and the Southside Cholos led to multiple murder.

Art Acevedo, the Houston Police Chief, said: “We have to send a message when you take a life, especially of a witness that has the courage to come forward, you’ve forfeited your right, once tried and convicted, to remain on this planet.”

Officers said that the 16-year-old informant gave valuable information on the killings committed by MS-13 in the Houston area before Herrera-Hernandez shot him 27 times in a Missouri City park.

The gang member is also accused of slaying 26-year-old Kevin Alvarez in Houston on July 9th. Police discovered Alvarez after responding to a call of shots fired. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and later died.

After being named by police as the shooter in this second incident, DPS officials put Herrera-Hernandez on their 10 Most Wanted list. He was arrested in Virginia a few days later and has since been expedited to Houston.

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