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A Gang Targeted the Wrong House. An 11-Year-Old Is Dead

Devastation in Las Vegas: 'No parent should have to deal with a tragedy like this'

(Newser) - Shooters intent on gang-related retaliation opened fire on the wrong house in suburban Las Vegas, killing an innocent 11-year-old girl in the kitchen, police said Friday. A neighbor on his way to work saw the gunfire late Thursday on a quiet residential street and shot with his legally owned handgun... More »

Cops Called Him a Runaway. He Was in the 'Killing Fields'

ProPublica explores the murder of Miguel Garcia-Moran in Brentwood, NY

(Newser) - Nearly two months after her 15-year-old brother Miguel Garcia-Moran vanished in Suffolk County, Long Island, his older sister Lady discovered she could access his Facebook account. What she discovered were 84 text and voice messages exchanged with Alexander, a classmate of Miguel's at Brentwood High who pushed him to... More »

Biker Gang President Gets Life Plus 10 Years

Jeffrey Pike ordered Bandidos to wage war on Cossacks

(Newser) - The national president of the notorious Bandidos biker gang was sentenced Wednesday to life plus 10 years in prison for directing a violent racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise. Jeffrey Faye Pike of Conroe, Texas, was sentenced in federal court in San Antonio. The 63-year-old leader of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle... More »

All Cops in a Once-Glam Beach City Just Got Busted

Acapulco's police force was believed to be infiltrated by gangs

(Newser) - Marines surrounded a facility Tuesday in the Mexican beach town of Acapulco, rounding up hundreds of people and stripping them of "weapons, ballistic vests, cartridges, and communication radios," a spokesman for a joint law enforcement and military task force says, per CNN . Those arrested included Acapulco's entire... More »

Mom of Teen Allegedly Murdered by MS-13 Killed at Memorial Site

Evelyn Rodriguez hit by SUV after confrontation on Long Island

(Newser) - A grieving New York mother recognized by President Trump at the State of the Union in his campaign against MS-13 gang violence was struck by an SUV and killed at her slain daughter's memorial site Friday after a confrontation with the driver. Evelyn Rodriguez was hit around 4pm in... More »

'Unusually Sophisticated' Credit Card Fraud Linked to Gangs

California investigators have accused some 30 people with stealing over $1 million

(Newser) - More than 30 purported street gang members have been charged with stealing more than $1 million in what authorities said Monday was an unusually sophisticated credit card fraud scheme. Members and associates of the BullyBoys and the CoCo Boys street gangs based in the suburbs east of San Francisco defrauded... More »

Gang Puts Big Bounty on Head of a Dog

Drug-sniffing Sombra has been relocated in Colombia because Urabeños clan is after her

(Newser) - A drug-sniffing Colombian police dog with nearly 250 arrests under her collar recently tracked down more than 10 tons of coke from a major drug gang. The gang's reaction: a bounty on the pooch's head that may be up to $70,000. The Telegraph reports that Sombra (Spanish... More »

Check Out Gang Members' New Weapon: the 'Ghost Gun'

Buyers purchase an 'unfinished receiver' and do the rest themselves

(Newser) - Dozens of firearms lay spread out on tables at the LAPD's Hollywood station this week—all seized in a six-month undercover sting against LA-area gangs, the LA Times reports. What's unusual is that they're all "ghost guns," partly homemade weapons without serial numbers traceable by... More »

Prisons Face 'Unique Challenges' With MS-13

Officials grapple with more fights, attacks, even extortion as MS-13 population rises behind bars

(Newser) - The good news: Hundreds of MS-13 gang members have been arrested over the past few years. The bad news: Those gang members are now wreaking havoc in the prisons they're in, perpetrating acts of violence and extortion to gain control over their locked-down domains. The Washington Post details the... More »

Gang Leader Killed at Hospital During Plastic Surgery

He was getting face changed, fingerprints removed

(Newser) - A leader of a Mexican fuel-theft gang was shot to death at a hospital where he was undergoing plastic surgery to change his appearance, authorities say. Puebla state prosecutors say Jesus Martin, a woman, and two other men were killed at the hospital Monday, apparently by members of his own... More »

They Moved Here to Escape the Gangs. The Gangs Followed

'NYT' documents MS-13 problem in some of Long Island's suburbs

(Newser) - They were four young men, three living on Long Island and one visiting, and they all met tragic deaths at the hands of the MS-13 gang, the island's latest scourge over the past year and a half. In the New York Times , Liz Robbins and Nadia T. Rodriguez dive... More »

Mom Who Put Her Girl's Killers in Jail Is Murdered in Mexico

Activist Miriam Rodríguez Martínez was found dead on Mexico's Mother's Day

(Newser) - In a tragic ending to a story of courage and fortitude, the Mexican activist who succeeded in solving her daughter's 2012 kidnapping and murder was found dead Wednesday—Mexico’s Mother’s Day. Miriam Rodríguez Martínez, known for standing up to the Zetas drug cartel by bringing... More »

Cops Foil Crazy Scheme to Steal Famous Corpse

Gang allegedly planned to ransom body of the founder of Ferrari

(Newser) - A bizarre crime tale out of Italy: Police say gang members planned to steal the body of Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari, hide it in the Apennine Mountains, and demand ransom from family members or the Ferrari company for its safe return. Luckily, they didn't get the chance,... More »

Inside the Brutal, Horrifying World of the MS-13 Gang

Long Island indictments shed latest light on 'transnational' criminal group

(Newser) - Nearly three dozen MS-13 gang members were swept up and arrested on Long Island in October after a bunch of Brentwood teens were found dead—and this week, more arrests were made as the feds went after 13 adults alleged to be gang members and believed to be tied to... More »

Cops: Man Who Shot Officer Is Newly Paroled Gang Member

He allegedly opened fire on police after car accident in Whittier, California

(Newser) - "This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that did not need to be," says a California police chief after a gang member paroled earlier this month allegedly killed a relative and a police officer . At least two officers had responded to the scene of a vehicle accident in Whittier... More »

Tired of Kidnappings, Mexicans Kidnap Gang Leader's Mom

Vigilantes say they're 'legitimate self-defense force' against Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, posse

(Newser) - The way to a Mexican gang leader's heart isn't his stomach—it's his mom. At least, that's what vigilantes in a Mexican town in southern Guerrero state are banking on, holding hostage the mother of drug kingpin Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, aka "El Tequilero,"... More »

Town Reels as 4 Teens Found Murdered in 2 Weeks

Gang MS-13 is making trouble for the small town of Brentwood, New York

(Newser) - September was an awful month for the town of Brentwood, New York. On Sept. 13, two teenage girls were found murdered, their bodies dumped near an elementary school. A week later, authorities discovered the skeletal remains of two male teenagers who had been missing for months. In both cases, authorities... More »

Teen Boys Ask for Jobs to Stay Out of Gangs

'I hired them on the spot'

(Newser) - When four teen boys, ages 13 and 14, approached the head of the LaGrange Housing Authority in Georgia asking for summer jobs, they weren't just hoping for pocket money. "I said why do you want a job? They said so we want get in trouble and we do... More »

Cops: Gang Member Films Own Shooting on Facebook Video

The last image is of blood-spattered grass

(Newser) - Chicago police say they're investigating the killing of a gang member who appears to have captured his own fatal shooting in a real-time video post on Facebook, the AP reports. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 28-year-old Antonio Perkins. He was shot Wednesday. Police... More »

Ready to Leave the Yakuza? She'll Get You a Fake Finger

Yukako Fukushima has a most interesting job

(Newser) - You're ready to turn over a new leaf and leave a life of crime behind, but there's one giant obstacle. Or, one pinkie-sized one: You're missing part of a finger. The Guardian spotlights a most unusual prosthetics market that's seemingly been supplied by one woman for... More »

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