MS-13 Gang Beheaded Victim - Cut out His Heart, Say Maryland Police


Police have not said why they believe the victim was from Annapolis, and are still working to identify him. Detectives found the body in a grave. Court documents obtained by the Washington Post say the victim had been lured to the park, possibly in the early spring, by as many as 10 gang members and then stabbed more than 100 times. Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, was apprehended in North Carolina and extradited to Montgomery County.

Montgomery County police patrol officers stopped Lopez-Abrego, whose address is unconfirmed, on September 29, when he was a passenger in a auto driven by another alleged MS-13 member who was wanted for a murder in Anne Arundel County, according to documents. It was discovered that the victim had been stabbed more than 100 times.

In addition, based on the charging documents, the victim was decapitated. They describe the man as a Hispanic, approximately 5 feet, 2 inches and about 125 pounds. The victim's identity has yet to be confirmed, police said.

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

In court documents, detectives describe learning of his body through a yet-unnamed informant in MS-13, an global criminal gang with a presence in the county and the region.

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Lopez-Abrego did not speak during the court appearance.

The items included a rosary, a sweatshirt with a Methodist church logo and a pair of blue shorts.

Officials from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement: "Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a citizen and national of El Salvador, is illegally in the US and now in immigration proceedings".

Lopez-Abrego was found in North Carolina on November 11.

There are at least 30,000 MS-13 members in a range of countries, including 8,000 in the United States. MS-13 has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, partly by recruiting illegal immigrants from Central American countries, who entered as unaccompanied minors in the waning years of the Obama administration.