Commentary: Enough is enough. It’s time for us to take the fight to MS13. If PG County and Montgomery County Maryland can’t do it, we must take matters into our own hands. If the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan does not call for help, he should be ashamed of himself, same goes for Attorney General, Brian Frosh.
H/T Kevin Lewis ABC News7
WHEATON, Md. (WJLA) – Yet another case of unbridled violence at the hands of alleged MS-13 members has made its way into news headlines in Montgomery County.
Around 7 p.m. on June 14, two men were walking in the Wheaton Regional Park, located about two miles northeast of the Westfield Wheaton Mall. As the men approached a public restroom to wash their hands and face, they encountered five Hispanic men staring them down.
The men did their best to ignore the awkward situation, but the five suspects followed them inside of the otherwise empty bathroom. One victim had his hat knocked off his head. The other victim had his North Face backpack taken.
The five suspects separated and interrogated the two men, asking if they were affiliated with a certain gang, what country they were born in and what high school they attended.
The suspects confiscated cell phones from both men, searching for photos and text messages that would allude to gang ties. One suspect used a knife to demand the screen lock password set on one of the phones.
The five suspects took the two men to a pavilion beside the park’s main playground area. There the suspects called for reinforcements. Despite repeatedly denying any gang allegiance, the victims continued to be held against their will. It wasn’t long before 10 more men arrived at the park, bringing the total number of suspects to 15.
Seeking more privacy, the suspects forcefully led the victims through some 300 yards of wooded land to a secluded lake on the park’s property. Police described the walk as, more or less, a death march.
Beside the shore of that small lake, the victims were encircled, patted down, photographed and had their wallets taken. Then for the first time, the pack stated they were part of MS-13. They further explained their belief that one victim’s Nike Cortez shoes and red hat suggested he was a member of the rival 18th Street Gang.
Without provocation, all 15 MS-13 members began to punch the two men in the head and chest. Upon falling to the ground, the victims were placed in “chokeholds, kicked and stomped on,” court documents state. A few members went so far as to grab hold of large tree limbs, using the heavy, coarse wood to beat the victims’ defenseless bodies.
One of the men reportedly grabbed hold of a knife and shouted, “Let’s just kill them now!” Other members secured weapons of their own when two park patrons happened upon the ongoing assault. Those witnesses inadvertently spooked all 15 MS-13 members, in turn, making them scurry away.