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MS-13 pimp accused of ordering baseball bat beating of underage prostitute: Maryland Cops

February 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 pimp accused of ordering baseball bat beating of underage prostitute: Maryland Cops Ivan Alexis Pena-Rodriguez, 20, Yervin Josue Romero-Rivera, 21, and Miguel Angel Ayala-Rivera, 24

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Montgomery County, Maryland prosecutors charged an MS-13 head with ordering the beating of a 15-year-old girl with a bat who had been forced into prostitution. Two other Salvadoran natives have also been identified in the investigation.

Authorities announced that 24-year-old Miguel Angel “Noctorno” Ayala-Rivera, an MS-13 member who is illegally in the U.S. from El Salvador, directed his fellow members to beat a 15-year-old teen with a bat. “Noctorno” allegedly pimped out the victim along with other underage females.

Investigators have also charged 21-year-old Yervin Josue Romero-Rivera, an illegal alien, and Alexis Pena-Rodriguez, 20.

A source familiar with the probe told WJLA, “Nocturno” and his two fellow MS-13 members pulled the girl into the backyard of their hideout in Kensington, Maryland. “Noctorno” and four others alternated beating her with a baseball bat.

She suffered a total of 28 blows on various parts of her body. Records show she sustained an “indented” buttocks, discolored limbs, and apparent bleeding from the neck-down.

Court documents indicated that a second source told police that “Noctorno” ordered her to be beaten because she was “not doing a good job as a prostitute.”

Detectives learned of the beating of the teen sex trafficking victim while looking into the gang members after their arrest for an alleged string of armed robberies in Maryland and Washington, DC. They reportedly ambushed numerous check cashing shops armed with firearms and would demand money.

Police found a modified TEC-9 pistol in the front of a van the men were driving after a robbery in Silver Spring, Maryland. The arrest occurred after a high-speed chase where one of the suspects was killed after he was struck by a patrol vehicle as he tried to escape on foot.

According to WJLA ABC7, MS-13 violence has increased considerably over the past five years. This period corresponds with the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children and Family Unit aliens from Central America.

During an international bust of MS-13 members in November, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan said that close to one-third of the 214 U.S.-based MS-13 gang members apprehended during Operation Raging Bull had come into the country as Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Public Safety Director Steve McCraw also attributed the rise in MS-13 gang violence in Texas to the penetration of Unaccompanied Alien Children. Their comments were made during the announcement of a task force operation in Houston that Abbott stated would make the city “hostile territory for gangs.”

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