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North Carolina Police arrest fugitive MS-13 murder suspects

March 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
North Carolina Police arrest fugitive MS-13 murder suspects Erick Alexander Contreras-Gonzalez, left, and Ludwin Espinal-Alvares

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Authorities in North Carolina apprehended two members of the MS-13 gang who were reportedly on the lam for a murder in Virginia.

According to the News and Observer, the two MS-13 gang members smirked at the cameras while their mugshots being taken during their intake processing.

An officer in Raliegh, North Carolina working with U.S. Marshalls as part of the Violent Fugitive Rask Force busted 19-year-old Denis Ludwin Espinal-Alvares, of Maryland, and 23-year-old Erick Alexander Contreras-Gonzalez, of West Virginia. Both suspects are also immigration fugitives with an outstanding order to be deported.

Police in William County, Virginia were on the hunt for the two gang members, who shot and killed a “Spanish male,” according to law enforcement.

The two suspects, who are also known as “Destino” and “Callado,” reportedly kidnapped their as of yet unidentified victim on March 13th. They abducted him from his home near Woodbridge, Virginia, and brought him to a remote location where he was shot five times. They then dumped his body in the trunk of his own car.

Two days later, the men went back to the scene and set the car on fire “to dispose of the victim’s body.”

The U.S. Marshall’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina was notified that the two men had escaped to North Carolina. The task force focused the search area to a residence in the Wilson area and executed the arrest on Tuesday.

The two men will remain in custody without bond pending extradition to Virginia where they will stand trial for the purported murder.

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