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ICE places detainers on two more undocumented MS-13 gang members charged in apartment complex murder

8 of 10 suspects charged now have detainers
Posted at 12:31 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2021-06-11 14:00:34-04

TOWSON, Md. — United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed detainers on two more undocumented MS-13 gang members charged in the July 31 murder of Daniel Alvarado Cuellar outside a Towson apartment complex.

On Monday, an ICE spokesperson told WMAR-2 News that detainers have been filed with the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on Jose Alexi Villacorta-Rivas, 19, and 17-year-old Yoni Membreno-Parada of Cockeysville.

They were arrested last Thursday by Baltimore County Police, along with 22-year-old Hugo Leonel Martinez-Vasquez.

So far 10 total suspects have been arrested in connection to Cuellar's murder. ICE has placed detainers on eight of them, who are members of the MS-13 gang and in the United State illegally.

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According to ICE, a detainer is an authorized request that legally allows a law enforcement agency to hold an undocumented immigrant for up to 48 hours so that ICE can take custody and begin the removal process. All requests reportedly come with an administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending on the case.

Cuellar was originally found lying dead outside near an apartment complex in the 8400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard at 3:30 in the morning. An autopsy later found that he was killed by "multiple sharp force injuries". Charging documents revealed the suspects were watching Cuellar and decided the day before to kill him, because he was making a hand gesture affiliating him with another gang.