connectVideoWhat is MS-13?
MS-13 is associated with a wave of violent murders. How has the gang originated, and how widespread are the members?
The constant state and Trump administration crackdown against MS-13 in one of their most infamous strongholds has taken such a toll on the gang that they have only linked to a single murder in the area in 2018.
The police in Long Island – a part of New York city is a hotbed for violent crime in the hands of MS-13 – has told Newsday that four murders recorded in 2018, seemed to be linked to the corridor, a decline of 14 years earlier. But only one of those murders is said to have happened this year. The other three cases were murders supposed to have occurred in 2015 and 2017, but they were counted in 2018 totals since the bodies were found in the last 12 months.
“Suffolk County has waged war against MS-13 and our comprehensive strategy for the eradication of this violent gang from Long Island, work,” the Suffolk County Police Department told Fox News in a statement Monday. “This dramatic decrease is the result of the large police force, expanded community outreach and the use of governmental partnerships to bring in additional resources for the fight against the violence of the gangs.”
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The scene in the Recreation Village park in Islip, new york, after four teenagers were brutally murdered by a group who attacked with machetes in April 2017. Many suspect that the gang MS-13 is involved.
Six of the 14 murders on Long Island last year connected to MS-13 has been happening in Suffolk County, according to Newsday.
One murder, MS-13 is suspected to have been committed on Long Island this year happened a few days ago, on Dec. 18 in Nassau County. The body of Harold Sermeno, a 17-year-old, was found in a picnic area behind a community center in the neighborhood of Lawrence, a village adjacent to the City of New York. Researchers say that Sermeno was shot multiple times.
The officials, who reportedly believe the murder is tied to the Dec. 22 killing of Ian Michel Cruz, who was found dead in a park in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood that borders Lawrence and in the New York City limits. Five people were arrested after the death of Cruz, who also was shot multiple times. The police suspect that both men were lured to the parks with the promise of sex, according to the Long Island Herald.
Trump, in a visit to Long Island last summer, vowed to “liberate our cities,” MS-13’s grip, and he has a performance on the course is one of the spearheads of his policy.
“We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail and we will deport you,” Trump said, garnering applause from an audience of law enforcement officials.
ICE agents keep track of a suspected MS-13 gang and a Honduran immigrant in his home in Brentwood, new york, in March.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents remain active on Long Island and arrest suspected MS-13 gang members. Residents say the increased police stops in the hard-hit communities, such as Brentwood in Suffolk County, the easing of the fears.
MS-13’s motto is “mata, viola, controla” – which means “kill, rape, control,” said Robert Hur, an official of the Ministry of Justice.
The gang was started by Central American immigrants, mostly from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s. It has expanded since to include Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans.
MS-13 recruits are typically middle – and high-school students, mainly in the immigrant communities, which are said to reduce the risk of violent retribution as leaving the gang.
The authorities estimate that the group has thousands of members in several Central American countries and many AMERICAN states. MS-13 is the presence is higher in the western and northeastern parts of the U.S., according to the FBI.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and the Associated Press contributed to this report.