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Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force says taking down MS-13 gang is top priority (Virginia): Targeting and taking down the El Salvadorian-based gang is at the top of the agenda for the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, which formed by 16 different law enforcement agencies in Virginia.
Source: WTTG FOX 5 News    Date: May 17, 2018

Roanoke police address gang violence (Roanoke, VA): Roanoke police are addressing gang violence. Leaders have described the problem in different ways over the years, after not acknowledging gangs for a while in the early 2000s.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: May 16, 2018

Search warrants: 17-year-old Nick Lee killed amid gang turmoil; Rollin' 30s probed in 2 Roanoke killings (Roanoke, VA): On a Thursday night last June, members of a violent street gang took 17-year-old Nickalas Lee to an apartment complex in northwest Roanoke so he could make amends for associating with an archrival gang.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: May 14, 2018

MS-13 Gang Abduction, Killing In Virginia Was Completely Random, Police Say (Prince William County, VA): A horrific gang killing in Woodbridge involving a victim who was found inside his burning car took a shocking turn Wednesday. Prince William County Police are now calling the attack completely random, which is sending chills through the community. In most gang murders, the victim usually has some type of gang affiliation or connection. That wasn't the case here. Police said the victim had no connection to any gang.
Source: WFMY News 2    Date: May 10, 2018

CA: Number of gangs in Lynchburg decreasing (Lynchburg, VA): There is some good news to report about gang activity in the Hill City. Bethany Harrison the Lynchurg Commonwealth's Attorney believes the number of gangs has gone down compared to last year.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: May 9, 2018

Gang-Related Shooting Victim Identified In Woodbridge: Police (Woodbridge, VA): Authorities have released the name of a man shot and killed by suspected gang members in March and then stuffed in the trunk of his vehicle before it was set on fire at Veterans Park, according to Prince William County Police. He was identified as Santos Arquimidis Sorto Amaya, 25, of Woodbridge.
Source: Woodbridge Patch    Date: May 9, 2018

Northern Va. Regional Gang Task Force: 80 percent of gang recruitment occurs in middle, high schools (Woodbridge, VA): The head of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force said 80 percent of gang recruitment is taking place in middle and high schools in the region. The task force is focusing on MS-13, as it describes Northern Virginia as a hub for the violent gang based in El Salvador.
Source: FOX 5 DC    Date: May 9, 2018

Mad Stone Bloods gang members sentenced for smuggling drugs into Virginia prisons (Roanoke, VA): Five members of the Mad Stone Bloods gang will spend time behind bars for smuggling drugs into Virginia prisons.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: May 3, 2018

Portsmouth gang member sentenced to life in prison for killing four (Norfolk, VA): Anthony Foye killed four people in late 2015, including one of his best friends and three innocent people who were not involved in the gang life.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: May 2, 2018

Virginia gang member sentenced to life for four murders (Suffolk, VA): A Suffolk, Virginia, member of the Nine Trey Gangsters was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for murdering four people and committing several non-fatal shootings, the Justice Department said.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: May 2, 2018

She helped rescue young men from MS-13. Then she covered up a gang murder. (Alexandria, VA): Shannon Sanchez had gotten away from MS-13. After hanging around with the gang in high school, she married and had four children. But as an adult, she fell back in with MS-13 and helped cover up a savage gang murder.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: April 27, 2018

Norfolk gang member, wanted on murder charge, caught after six weeks on the run (Norfolk, VA): A Crips gang member accused of murdering a 25-year-old man last month has been caught after a six-week manhunt, authorities said.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: April 20, 2018

Crips gang member being sought by U.S. Marshals in connection with Norfolk homicide (Norfolk, VA): The U.S. Marshals are actively trying to track down a man wanted for murder. 24-year-old Thomas Nesmith has been on the run, armed and dangerous, since March 1.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: April 16, 2018

Man charged for allegedly stabbing victim outside Va. 7-Eleven in gang-related attack (Woodbridge, VA): A 22-year-old man has been charged for allegedly stabbing another man outside of a 7-Eleven in a gang-related assault in Nov. 2017 in Woodbridge.
Source: WJLA 7 News    Date: April 10, 2018

Missing Fairfax County teen with ties to gang members might be in danger, police say (Fairfax County, VA): A Fairfax County teenager who associates with gang members and has been missing since February may now be in danger, police say. Angelica Flores, 16, of the Alexandria section of the county, was reported missing on Feb. 17 and was last seen in Fairfax City, Fairfax County police said. Unspecified information developed on Monday led detectives to believe Flores may be in danger.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: April 3, 2018

CNU conference takes aim at street gangs, discusses ideas for eradication (Newport News, VA): Paul Taylor was once a legendary — and feared — street gang leader in Newport News. But after serving 23 years in prison for killing his best friend on Buxton Avenue in 1994, Taylor was paroled eight months ago. Now 49, he’s on a mission to keep young people out of gangs and give convicted felons a second chance.
Source: Daily Press    Date: March 27, 2018

Jury convicts gang members blamed for murderous crime spree (Norfolk, VA): A federal jury has convicted three gang members blamed for five murders, six attempted murders and other crimes in eastern Virginia.
Source: The Charlottesville Newsplex    Date: March 23, 2018

Jury convicts nine local gang members of violent 2015 crime spree (Norfolk, VA): A federal jury convicted three members of the Nine Trey Gangsters Thursday for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy that took place in five Hampton Roads cities in 2015.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: March 22, 2018

MS-13 members convicted in Virginia court of murder, kidnapping and extortion (Alexandria, VA): A federal jury convicted six members of the gang MS-13, also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, for their roles in a kidnapping, murder and an extortion conspiracy in Northern Virginia.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: March 15, 2018

Comstock Leading Effort to Crack Down on Gang Activity (Virginia): Northern Virginia has the second highest gang activity in the country, and Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock says she’s seen it firsthand during a ride along with a regional gang task force. But she’s concerned that the Northern Virginia task force isn’t getting enough resources. She’s pushing a bill that pumps $15 million a year in grant funding to areas with high gang activity.
Source: WVTF Public Radio    Date: March 14, 2018

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