Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Wednesday charging three MS-13 gang members for their roles in multiple violent crimes including a 2017 murder in Charlottesville and two 2019 attempted murders in Prince William County.

According to allegations in the indictment, Andy Tovar, 31, of White Post, was the "First Word" or leader of the Guanacos Lil Cycos Salvatruchas (GLCS) clique of MS-13. Roberto Cruz Moreno, 20, of Woodbridge, was a "pasa de homeboy," or soldier in the GLCS clique, and Kevin Perez Sandoval, 22, of Warrenton, was an "observacion," or associate, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

In July 2017, Tovar allegedly authorized members and associates of the GLCS clique to travel from Prince William County to Charlottesville to murder an individual the clique believed was a rival gang member, court records show.

At Tovar’s direction, on July 3, 2017, four members of the GLCS clique stabbed the victim over 140 times using knives and a machete before they dumped his body in a river, burned his car, and fled back to Prince William County, the release said.

In March 2019, Cruz Moreno allegedly picked up three other members or associates of the gang and drove them to an isolated wooded area in Bristow, where one associate shot another multiple times and another stabbed him "because members and associates of GLCS believed [the victim] was disrespecting MS-13," the release said.

Following the attempted murder, Cruz Moreno fled the scene with the three other GLCS participants and drove them to his residence. The victim survived.

In April 2019, local law enforcement officers in Fairfax County allegedly found Cruz Moreno, an illegal alien, in possession of the same firearm used to shoot the victim from the month before, and several grams of packaged cocaine in his vehicle with three other associates of GLCS, the release said.

Cruz Moreno obtained the cocaine from Tovar and had been selling the cocaine on behalf of the clique earlier that day, the indictment alleges.

In August 2019, members and associates of GLCS identified a third target as a rival gang member living in GLCS controlled territory and Tovar allegedly authorized members and associates to kill him.

On Aug. 12, 2019, Perez Sandoval and two other gang members saw the target  at a laundromat in Manassas and sought Tovar’s permission to kill him there, according to the indictment.

After Tovar allegedly granted permission to conduct the killing at the laundromat, Perez Sandoval drove the two members or associates of MS-13 to retrieve a firearm, and back to the laundromat area where the was shot before Perez Sandoval drove them from the scene of the shooting. The victim survived.

Indictments against the three suspects include conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of a racketeering activity, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, attempted murder in aid of a racketeering activity, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.

Tovar, Cruz Moreno, and Perez Sandoval each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. 

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Halyork

They probably all voted democrat last week via mail-in ballots.

PWC resident since '69

Human garbage, wipe them from the amus of the Earth PWC

Stoptheinsanity

Just good people we don't need police. Where are the three stoodes to comment? [batman][ninja][pirate]

fake_journalist

Just part and parcel of voting your county blue and having it become third world sanctuary city.

Soily

We need better quality illegal immigrants. These guys are failures at everything they try. Sounds like President* Biden is planning on drastically modifying the H-1B program to greatly increase the number of foreigners who can come into country and take good paying jobs from Americans. Indian and Pakistani programmers will work for half the price of American programmers. This of course is payback to the Silicone Valley high tech companies who fully supported Biden in the presidential election. They did an excellent job of hiding info critical of Biden. I think it is hilarious that some of the biggest victims of Biden will be some of his biggest supporters. Not as smart as they think they are.

fake_journalist

The Biden H1-B plan is to increase it to 5 million.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Your argument should be addressing corporations and their abuse of the H-1B.

Soily

They are doing it openly and legally and Biden wants to expand it.

Localrider

The kind of people Democrats proudly embrace as their very own.

woodbridgeresident

A lot of ignorant morons posting today. The kind of people Republicans proudly embrace as their very own: There have been 317 criminal indictments under three recent Republican presidents and only three indictments under three recent Democratic presidents.

Sammy2020

That’s because the Dems only focus their efforts on prosecuting or harassing the republicans, while the republicans are trying to do things to improve our country. Why are you trying to change the subject on the miserable Dumacratic efforts or lack thereof with immigration policy.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Provide a list of Republican accomplishments whose goal was to improve our country with citations.

Iwouldntgiveabean

The police need to be more proactive. One of biggest tools at their disposal is the use of the data-modeling and importation of aggregate sources.

Did you know, that the government (actually all countries) has access to the third party data from your phone apps? Now, one app may not have any significant impact, but collectively, a unique signature can be attributed to the user, identifying their movements through triangulation while moving between cell towers.

So, incorporating this technical methodology and marrying it with the data visualization suites like Palantir and circumventing statutes like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (because that deals with "hard lines"; when you communicate via smartphone/cell phone any 1s and 0s are susceptible to interception by ANYBODY which is why STINGRAYs are perfectly legal), law enforcement can actually go after organized criminals.

Stoptheinsanity

Hey moron that cost money. Keep smoking that pot your mommy is calling. Your scenario sounds like something from Russia. Do us a favor and stay in the basement [ninja]

Iwouldntgiveabean

It is a tool the NYPD has been using since 2012.

Citizen52

This sounds like a fairly good idea but left to bad actors, could be a tool for nefarious purposes; a bit like Big Brother.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Yes, it is very much a surveillance issue. Which is why laws need to be updated to include proper terminology and characterization of communication equipment. Law enforcement agencies skirt this because they argue that smartphones are "phones" not a device that is a portable pocket-sized computer and camera, capable of transmitted your active location.

Stoptheinsanity

But what about [alien] they can read your brain. Better wrap your phone in aluminum foil too.

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