Gaithersburg, MD – Victim Stabbed 40 Times, MS-13 Gang Members Sought for Murder: Police

Two Gaithersburg teenagers have been charged with murder. One lured a teen to a park with the promise of sex and killed him, police say.

Gaithersburg, MD — Two people with ties to the El Salvadoran gang MS-13 operating in Montgomery County have been charged with murder in the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found in a Gaithersburg park, officials said.

At a press conference Thursday, police released the names of two gang members suspected of stabbing the victim to death and addressed escalating gang violence in Montgomery County.

Officers were called to Malcolm King Park, 1200 West Side Drive, on June 17 for the report of a death. First responders located the victim, Cristian Antonio Villagran Morales of Gaithersburg.

Two suspects who were arrested and charged on July 1 with first-degree murder in the homicide are:

  • Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, 16, of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg, who was charged as an adult
  • Vanesa Alvarado, 19, of Lakeworth Drive in Gaithersburg

Both suspects are in custody on $1 million bond.

At the press conference, Capt. Darren Francke, director of the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Police Department, said investigators are looking for two more suspects in Villagran Morales’ death.

The victim was stabbed more than 40 times after Alvarado allegedly lured him to the park by promising to have sex with him, Francke said. Once Villagran Morales arrived, gang members asked him to go into the woods with them to smoke marijuana, where he was killed.

The additional suspects wanted on arrest warrants for first-degree murder in the death of Villigran Morales are Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, 27, of an unknown address, and Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, 20, of an unknown address. The men should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Both are on the run and were last known to be in the Wheaton area, Francke said. He believes the suspects know police are looking for them.

“This is very serious to us. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, we take murder seriously, it will not be accepted in Montgomery County,” Francke said.

The victim was from New Jersey and was working as a landscaper in the area while he lived with some cousins. He was not a member of the local gang, Francke said.

His senseless death came about after “he got involved with the wrong young lady,” Francke said. The gang decided to “assassinate” Villagran Morales. Police wouldn’t elaborate on why he was targeted.

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California risks $135M in federal grants over ‘sanctuary city’ policy



California state and local law enforcement agencies may have to choose between more than $100 million in federal aid and the “sanctuary city” immigration policies that supporters say are humane, but critics say fuel crime.

The policies, whether in writing or just in practice, preclude local law enforcement from working with federal authorities when they catch an illegal immigrant who by law faces deportation. The laws have sparked a national controversy in the wake of dozens of murders and other violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants who local law enforcement did not report to the Department of Homeland Security.

Republicans in Congress, saying such non-cooperation is illegal, forced the Department of Justice to condition grants on compliance. For California, which enacted the California Trust Act, that could mean as much as $135 million in grants will be withheld.

“This irresponsible legislation has already caused the release of thousands of criminals that U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement was trying to deport,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Washington DC-based Center for Immigration Studies. “Now it may also cost California police and sheriffs critical funding from the federal government. Last year, these grants were worth more than $130 million.”

Vaughan said that she suspects, at least in California where this has been a contentious issue, many sheriffs and police departments are going to have to notify the state government that the Trust Act puts them in an extremely difficult position.

Texas Rep. John Culberson has insisted that sanctuary city policies make jurisdictions ineligible for some federal aid.
‘If I were a sheriff, I’d be thinking about starting to comply with federal law and cooperating with ICE, and the heck with the Trust Act – it’s been declared illegal,” Vaughan said

Reader response: There was a recent article in the Washington Post regarding DOJ also coming down on Philadelphia in a similar manner. I am of course happy to see that Congress finally found a pair. However, this article makes it sound like DOJ, ICE, and DHS are on the side of the angels. In this article, it is claimed that ICE and DHS are being thwarted with regard to deportation by state and local governments. The truth is that the reason there are so many sanctuary cities is that pressure has been coming down from on high, read that O through the DOJ, for such policies. There are state and local governments that have attempted to turn over illegals, who have committed crimes as well as those who have been released from jail after serving time, for deportation but ICE and DHS drag their feet or do not pick them up.

Unfortunately, the law is that illegals cannot be held in jail indefinitely after sentences have been served so if neither ICE nor DHS acts, then the criminal is released back on the street. The recidivism is high. One recent infamous case involved a released illegal who murdered a person very shortly after getting out. There have been other killings as well as other serious crimes.

Another alleged impediment is that some countries will not take their criminals back. The US has leverage to counter this. They can stop foreign aid or suspend visa grants. Bush used that tactic with a Latin American country that said it would not take back the criminals, it gave in quick, fast and in a hurry.

The State Department is the agency that has authority to use that threat. ICE has blamed DHS on this because DHS has refused heretofore to make such requests of State.

Well the BI-PARTISAN action from Congress brought about this “hold the money” strategy. There is great irony in that because previously DOJ used the threat of withholding federal grants to force states to enact pro-illegal immigrant polices such as free medical care and welfare benefits.

As I said, I am glad that Congress put the pressure on. However, I think the body count and the fact that the members and those near and dear to them could possibly be VICTIMS was a great incentive. Now if they could just connect the dots with regard to Muslim and Central American “refugees”…
But a win is a win and we need to celebrate those that we get. Again, thanks for the article.

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Ike Leggett Joins Mayors in Nationwide Call for Immigration Reform – Bethesda Beat – Bethesda, MD

Montgomery County executive is one of almost 60 leaders to sign open letter to the next president





Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has joined a call for immigration reform by a coalition of mayors and local government leaders formed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Leggett and nearly 60 other officials signed an open letter to the next president released Tuesday by the Cities for Action coalition, which began in 2014. In the letter, the group urges the next president “to reject the politics of division and xenophobia and instead commit to supporting immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, in the first 100 days of the next Presidency.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, along with building a wall along the country’s southern border with Mexico and banning all Muslims from entering the country.

In the letter, the group calls on presidential candidates “to pledge to defend and expand President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to offer temporary relief to undocumented immigrants with deep community ties who are not priorities for enforcement.”

The letter refers to Obama’s 2014 executive order that could’ve prevented up to five million undocumented immigrants from being deported and would’ve extended some protections and work permits to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. It was challenged in court and in June the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on the issue—preventing the order from moving forward.

“While long-term legislative reform is ultimately what is needed, the Supreme Court of the United States did not issue a definitive ruling on the merits of the executive actions on immigration, and we will continue to advocate for administrative relief,” the Cities for Action letter said.

The group filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court as it examined a lawsuit against Obama’s executive order.

Earlier this year, Leggett and the County Council announced that county police wouldn’t participate in a federal government operation to deport recent illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Langley Park, Wheaton and parts of Silver Spring are among U.S. communities with the highest percentage of immigrants from El Salvador.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg were among the other regional leaders who signed the Cities for Action letter.

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