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MS-13 gangster is arrested for the murder of Long Island rival gang member in 2016

Suspected MS-13 gangster is arrested in El Salvador in connection with the 2016 murder in New York of a rival gang member who was hacked with machetes before his burnt body was left in a hole for a year

  • José Jonathan Guevara-Castro – aka Suspechoso – was arrested on August 13 in Acajutla, Sonsonate, El Salvador
  • His latest charge is the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda, who was murdered on May 21, 2016 in the Nassau district.
  • Pineda was believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang, one of MS-13’s main rivals
  • Two MS-13 leftovers allegedly lured Pineda to the woods before brutally killing him with machetes
  • His burnt body has been in a hole for over a year

José Jonathan Guevara-Castro - aka Suspechoso - was arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda (pictured), who was murdered in Nassau County on May 21, 2016.

José Jonathan Guevara-Castro – aka Suspechoso – was arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda (pictured), who was murdered in Nassau County on May 21, 2016.

A man wanted for a 2016 murder in New York and associated with the MS-13 gang has been detained in El Salvador, the US prosecutor said.

José Jonathan Guevara-Castro – aka Suspechoso – was arrested Aug. 13 in Acajutla, Sonsonate, the Eastern District of New York said on Tuesday. press release.

His latest charge concerns participation in the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda, who was brutally murdered in Nassau County on May 21, 2016.

Pineda was believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang, one of MS-13’s main rivals. The murder was a joint venture between two MS-13 ‘cliques’ operating on Long Island: the Hollywood Locos Salvatruchas cabal and the Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside cabal.

Guvara-Casto is believed to have been part of the Hollywood clique.

On May 21, 2016, members of the gang lured Pineda into a wooded area near the border between Merrick and Freeport and violently hacked him with machetes.

They then burned his body in a hole they had made the day before. It would take a year for authorities to recover Pineda’s body.

Guevara-Castro is charged in a 24 count indictment that also involved seven other members of the MS-13 gang. Charges range from extortion offenses, murder and drug trafficking.

Guevara’s arrest more than 2,000 miles from Long Island, where he allegedly participated in the brutal murder of a young man over four years ago, is testament to the commitment of this Bureau and our law enforcement partners to help members of the MS 13 gang to trial for their crimes, ” acting United States Attorney DuCharme said in the release.

“There is no place to hide, here or abroad, and neither distance nor the passage of time will provide a safe haven for criminals on our mission to eradicate violent gangs from New York’s Eastern District. ‘

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