Laughing in their mugshots, Erick Alexander Contreras-Gonzalez, 23, of Hernshaw, W. Va., and Denis Ludwin Espinal-Alvares, 19, of Oxon Hill, Md., both connected with the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13, were charged Monday in North Carolina for a Virginia murder last week. (The Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)
Two men associated with the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13 were arrested in Raleigh, N. C., for a Virginia murder last week, the officials said.
Denis Ludwin Espinal-Alvares, 19, of Oxon Hill, Md., and Erick Alexander Contreras-Gonzalez, 23, of Hernshaw, W. Va., were charged Monday in North Carolina with refugees from justice.
They are accused of the kidnap of a man from Virginia his home on March 13, shooting him five times, put him in the trunk of his own car and return two days later to set the car on fire to get rid of the body of the victim, police said.
Espinal-Alvares, known as “Destino” and Contreras-Gonzalez, known as “Callado,” smiled while they have their mugshots taken as they processed into the Wake County, North Carolina in the prison, according to The News & Observer.
They are being held without bail, according to arrest warrants.
According to The News & Observer, the two men who are described by the National Crime Information Center as a member of the MS-13 gang, considered to be one of the most violent street gangs in the world.
MS-13 was started by Central American immigrants, mostly from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s, but has since been extended with a number of other Central and South American countries. The gang is believed to be responsible for 25 murders in New York’s Long Island suburbs in the past two years.