Suspect charged with stabbing death in Wheaton park

The gang has become a focus of the US President's crackdown

Lopez-Abrego was charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities allege that the gang members had been planning the killing for two weeks.

"The victim had been stabbed over one-hundred times, decapitated, dismembered, and his heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave", officials wrote in court papers. They discovered his body in the shallow grave on September 5, WJLA reported.

The body was discovered on Tuesday in Wheaton Regional Park, on the outskirts of Washington DC, in a grave that had been dug before the killing.

Lopez-Abrego, a suspected MS-13 gang member known by the name "Timido", has been charged with first-degree murder.

Lopez-Abrego denied any involvement in the man's death, according to court records. The deputies and agents found Portillo-Rodriguez, Lopez-Abrego and a third MS-13 member attempting to hide inside, Frye said.

Court documents obtained by ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C., reveal the brutal details of the ambush and murder allegedly carried out by an informant and nine other MS-13 members.

Mara Salvatrucha ("The El Salvador Gang") is considered to be one of the toughest criminal organizations operating in the United States.




"On 4 November ICE lodged a detainer on Mr Lopez-Abrego with the Avery County Sheriff's Department in North Carolina after his arrest by local authorities".

"Police described the victim as a 5'5" Hispanic male weighing about 126 pounds with short brown hair.

At the time of the killing, the victim was wearing a gray sweatshirt with "First United Methodist Church Laurel" written on the upper left side.

However, further investigation found he was wanted in connection with a homicide in Montgomery County.

The MS-13 gang, which has roots in El Salvador, is notorious for its links to cartels and organized crime, and its ability to access high-powered weapons.

The ultra-violent Latino street gang works as an umbrella grouping of units, some of which are larger and more violent than others.

Because the gang members are under the age of 18, the U.S.is unable to lawfully return them to their home countries.

MS-13, short for Mara Salvatrucha, operates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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