Miguel Rivera, Oscar Fuentes, Vidal Ortiz Contreras, Jorge Bermudez Cedillos and Lilliana Villanueva (Suffolk County Police Department)
Long Island police say they foiled an MS-13’s kidnapping and murder plot when they saw that the intention is the 16-year-old male victim is forced into a van.
Plainclothes officers arrested five members and associates of the notorious immigrant street gang on conspiracy after Wednesday’s takedown in Brentwood, Newsday reported.
President Trump went to Brentwood in July and vowed to crush MS-13, while the pledge of a tougher approach to immigration. “They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful, tranquil areas in the blood-stained killing fields,” he said about the gang. “They are animals.”
Officers told Newsday that two of the suspects, Vidal Contrera-Ortiz, 18, and Miguel Rivera, 20, were illegal immigrants.
The three other suspects — Jorge Bermudez Cedillos, 18; Lilliana Villanueva, 17; and Oscar Fuentes, 18 — came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.
All five are Salvadoran, and all, but Rivera attend Brentwood high School. Cedillos and Villanueva are ninth graders. Contrera-Ortiz and Fuentes are 11th graders.
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The would-be victim also attended Brentwood High.
“We were planning to take him somewhere private and beat him to death with the bats,” Rivera told the police, according to Newsday, which cited court papers. He said that an MS-13 member.
Villaneueva told the police that they heard Bermudez-Cedillos “say the victim was 18,” and refers to a rival gang, Newsday reported.
The police refused to say whether the intended victim belonged to a gang.
Numerous officers were on patrol in Brentwood on Wednesday after police received information a day earlier that the three 16-year-old boys were accosted by a group of young men travelling in a van, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. Two of the 16-year-olds were hit with baseball bats, but were not kidnapped.
“We believe that they were looking for to elevate their status in the MS-13-community through the execution of that murder,” Sini said at a press conference.
The police in Nassau and Suffolk counties have made hundreds of arrests of suspected MS-13 gang members in the past year.
MS-13 is linked to at least 25 murders on Long Island since January of 2016, Newsday reported.
The defendants pleaded not guilty at their arraignment and were ordered held on $250,000 bond, according to Newsday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.