Baltimore County police arrested seven men this month in connection to the murder of a 21-year-old man in July.

ICE confirmed today that six of the seven belong to the notorious brutal MS-13 gang.

From WBAL:

Of the six, five are Salvadoran and one is Mexican. All of them are in the country illegally, ICE spokeswoman Kate Pote said in an email. All six are identified in ICE gang databases as members of MS-13. After their arrests, ICE placed detainers on them.

Pote said she could not provide further information, citing privacy concerns.

Baltimore County police arrested Jonathan Escobar-Hernandez, Marlon Fabian-Flores, Edwin Garcia-Martir, Hugo Portillo-Chavez, Odaliz Rosas-Yanez and Leonal Velasquez-Hernandez in connection with the July 31 stabbing death of Daniel Cuellar.

Velasquez-Hernandez is 16, but is being charged as an adult in the case. He waived his rights and spoke to county police detectives at an ICE office in New Orleans, according to charging documents. He said he participated in surveillance that led to Cuellar’s murder, police said in charging documents. Police said he pointed himself out in video surveillance footage.

The Baltimore Sun reported the MS-13 members allegedly stalked Cuellar from a laundromat in July. They stabbed him to death with one member used “a machete-style knife” by his apartment.

Detectives allege the victim flashed “a hand gesture that was believed to be indicative of an affiliation with the 18th Street.” MS-13 supposedly has a war going on with the 18th Street gang.


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