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Federal grand jury indicts six MS-13 gang members for Maryland murders

April 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal grand jury indicts six MS-13 gang members for Maryland murders

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Federal prosecutors in Maryland filed charges of murder, conspiracy, and racketeering against six members of the transnational, ultra-violent gang, MS-13.

The charges are part of the Department of Justice’s continuing attempt to diminish the gang’s violent acts across the U.S.

Prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Friday charging Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriquez (alias Picaro, El Pastor, and Gasper), David Diaz-Alvarado, Manuel Martinez-Aguilar (alias El Lunatic and Zomb), Fermin Gomez-Jimenez, Marlon Cruz-Flores (alias Little S), and Moises Alexis Reyes-Canales (alias Sicopata).

The suspects were charged with Conspiring to Participate in a Racketeering Enterprise; Conspiring to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering, Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Use, Carry, and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Violent Crime; Attempted Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Conspiring to Use, Carry, and Discharge a Firearm During and in Relation to a Violent Crime; along with Aiding and Abetting.

According to a Justice Department press release, The 9-count indictment outlines the history, structure, and activities of the racketeering gang known as MS-13.

Left to right MS-13 suspects: Moises Alexis Reyes-Canales, Marlon Cruz-Flores, Fermin Gomez-Jimenez, Manuel Martinez-Aguilar, Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriguez, and David Diaz-Alvarado

The indictment describes the various cliques in the Maryland area that are responsible for a wave of horrendous murders and other violent crimes in the region.

Five of the indicted suspects — Reyes-Canales, Cruz-Flores, Gomez-Jimenez, Martinez-Aguilar, and Diaz-Alvarado, are allegedly members of the Hempstead Clique while Sandoval-Rodriguez belongs to the Fulton Clique.

In 2015, the indictment states that Martinez-Aguilar and other MS-13 members attacked an unidentified Victim-4 repeatedly because the victim would not pay tribute to MS-13 to sell his pot in their territory.

In February, the gang members sought approval from MS-13 gang members outside of Maryland to kill another victim. After getting the green light, Sandoval-Rodriguez and another member allegedly lured a victim to a park where they killed him.

In March 2016, Cruz-Flores, Gomez-Jimenez, Sandoval-Rodriguez, and Diaz-Alvarado teamed up with other gang members to slay Victim-1.

Also in 2016, Reyes-Canales, Cruz-Flores, Gomez-Jimenez, Martinez-Aguilar, and other members allegedly attempted to execute an 18th Street gang member named as Victim-2 in the indictment. The gang members used guns and knives to complete the attempted murder. They then decided to try to murder a third victim because he was with Victim-2 and would be a witness.

Martinez-Aguilar and another associate tried to kill Victim-2 by running him over with his vehicle. The gang members then allegedly tried to murder Victim-2 by repeatedly stabbing him until he died. The indictment added that the gang members shot Victim-3 before stabbing him multiple times.

After the murders, the gang members burned Victim-2’s car and escaped to Georgia to evade detection and arrest by authorities.

If found guilty, the suspects face up to life behind bars.

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