Gang Suspects Arrested At County Park

The following brief appeared in Saturday's Washington Post:

Fairfax County gang detectives, watching an apparent meeting of members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang this month, witnessed one group break into a car later and steal a stereo, and they arrested four of the suspects, Fairfax police said yesterday.

The alleged gang meeting occurred Oct. 1 in Roundtree Park, off Annandale Road in the Falls Church area. A search warrant affidavit stated that detectives had been tipped that the gang, also known as MS-13, would be meeting, and police set up surveillance. Police then witnessed the car break-in, court records stated.

Police said that they arrested Moises Abdul Hernandez, 23, of Springfield and Elmer Gaitan, 19, of Falls Church and charged them with grand larceny, vehicle tampering and gang participation. Two 17-year-olds, one from Woodbridge and one from Alexandria, were charged this week in juvenile court with grand larceny, vehicle tampering and gang participation. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

By  |  October 18, 2005; 10:25 AM ET  | Category:  Crime
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