A 26-year old MS-13 gang member was arrested in New York City Monday after brutal footage of a murder on the city’s subway system surfaced over the weekend.
NYPD Detective Dermot Shea confirmed the shocking murder was motivated by a feud between MS-13- a international criminal gang rooted in Central American nations such as Honduras and San Salvador- and another criminal organization known as the “18th Street gang.”
The victim of the murder, 20-year old Abel Mosso, was seen on video being mobbed on a subway platform by a group of men, in a fight that apparently started on board the train. The struggle ended when a man brandished a pistol and fired several shots, killing Mosso.
The incident took place at the 90th Street-Elmhurst Station subway stop in the borough of Queens.
The suspect in custody has been identified as Ramiro ““Caramalo” Gutierrez. Gutierrez is already under state indictment for his previous role in a conspiracy to commit murder, having been freed from the state jail system on bail.
MS-13 has a reputation for extremely brutal and sadistic violent acts rarely matched by other criminal organizations. Even some of the prominent Mexican drug cartels try to distance themselves from the group, unwilling to associate with them.
A report from the Center for Immigration Studies indicated that the gang aims to boost its membership through recruitment of illegal immigrants to the United States. A sizable contingent of MS-13 violent crime convicts in the United States entered the country as unaccompanied minors during the presidency of Barack Obama.
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