Two illegal alien members of the violent MS-13 gang who were released by a sanctuary city have been charged with the murder of a 14-year-old girl in Maryland.
Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce, 16, and Joel Ernesto Escobar, 17, were charged with first-degree murder along with 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi in the death of 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Breitbart News reported
The two gang members and Hernandez-Nucamendi met the 14-year-old victim at an apartment complex, police said.
They took the girl into a wooded area nearby, beat her with a baseball bat and stabbed her to death with a machete.
Prince George’s County officials released Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar from custody last year after being charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted robbery, Breitbart said.
“These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life,” an ICE official said in a statement.
Fuentes arrived in the U.S. in December 2015 with his family while Escobar entered as an unaccompanied juvenile in August 2016.
Instead of being deported, Escobar was released to family members living in Washington, D.C.
In February, a 26-year-old MS-13 member was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on a New York City subway platform. He was believed to be one of the MS-13 members who had been arrested by ICE two months earlier.
In January, two MS-13 members were arrested following a bat and knife attack outside a Burger King restaurant in New York.
They previously had been held by Homeland Security but were ordered released by federal judges.
DHS said more than 100 suspected members of MS-13 and other gangs were released in 2017 by sanctuary jurisdictions even though federal authorities had formally requested that they be held.