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Another suspect nabbed in machete attack (Fairfax, VA): A third suspect was under arrest Friday in the machete attack that left a teen with mutilated hands, Fairfax County Police said. Jose Cruz, 19, of Annandale, was taken into custody late Thursday. Cruz was being held without bond on charges of aggravated malicious wounding and participating in gang activity.
Source: Daily Press    Date: June 18, 2004

Growing Hispanic gang presence prompts police, church response (Arlington County ,VA): Arlington County currently has more than 35,000 Hispanic residents. According to the Arlington County Police Gang Unit, less than 1 percent of those Hispanics are gang members. "The Hispanic gang members do not represent the Hispanic community at all," Sgt. John Rizik of the gang unit said. "The majority of the Hispanic population are honest, hardworking citizens."
Source: Arlington Catholic Herald    Date: June 17, 2004

Machete case defendant in court on earlier charge (Fairfax County, VA): An 18-year-old Fairfax County man charged in a gang-related machete attack last month faced another accusation of malicious wounding in court yesterday, stemming from the beating and slashing of a former gang member one month earlier.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: June 17, 2004

Virginia task force, agencies unite to take on gangs (Virginia): Law enforcement authorities in Northern Virginia are officially ganging up on the region's gangs. Gov. Mark R. Warner's recent creation of a gang "strike force" made up of 12 Virginia State Police officers was the latest step in a spiraling state, local and federal crackdown.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: June 6, 2004

Gangs find bucolic new turf in Virginia (Strasburg, VA): As police chief of this idyllic Shenandoah Valley town, Marshall A. Robinson typically spends his days checking to make sure residents have locked their doors, stopping in on seniors who live alone, waving and honking at friends every half-block. But in the past week, he has added a new stop to his rounds: a construction site where he believes members of one of Virginia's most violent gangs are working.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: June 2, 2004

Warner announces anti-gang "strike force" (Virginia): Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) yesterday created a "strike force" of 12 state police officers to work with local authorities in gang trouble areas and also proposed adding three prosecutors in Northern Virginia to focus on gang-related cases. Flanked by local prosecutors, police chiefs and other officials outside the Herndon Municipal Center, Warner said two recent incidents of gang violence have served as "tragic reminders of the prevalence of youth gangs across Northern Virginia."
Source: The Washington Post    Date: May 25, 2004

Gang Violence Worries North Virginia Officials (Virginia) : Hours after he was charged with hacking a teenager's hands with a machete, Hayner R. Flores etched one of the most feared symbols in Northern Virginia on the glass window of his Fairfax County jail cell door. The 18-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, sheriff's deputies said, scrawled "MS-13," the name of a street gang notorious for its violence. It was a defiant and brazen gesture, qualities that are emblematic of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: May 23, 2004

Antigang groups get federal funds (Virginia): Rep. Frank R. Wolf yesterday announced that law-enforcement officials will get an additional $500,000 in federal funds to help fight gangs in Northern Virginia, bringing federal assistance to $2.65 million in the past 18 months. The federal funding almost matches the amount of money that Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties have spent tackling the gang problem this year.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: May 21, 2004

Kilgore reveals strategies for fighting gangs (Virginia): When Victor Torres moved to Richmond from Brooklyn in 1972 to help young people steer clear of drugs, he thought he had escaped gangs for good. "If anyone had told me then that Richmond would have a gang problem, I would have laughed at them," said Torres, a reformed gang member and former heroin addict. Today, officials have acknowledged at least 12 gangs here. Two are national Hispanic gangs. The other 10 are homegrown, neighborhood-based factions, such as the 17th Street gang and the Highland Park Soldiers.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: May 20, 2004

Police seeking a fourth suspect in gang-related shooting death (Norfolk, VA): A 25-year-old man's shooting death last week has led to four suspects who police say called themselves gang members, prompting concerns about gang violence in the city. Three of the suspects in the May 11 shooting of Antoine D. Boyd were in custody and a fourth was being sought, said Officer Chris Amos , police spokesman. Late on May 11 , police responding to a call about a gunshot victim found Boyd, of Virginia Beach, lying in the 600 block of W. 28th St. in Park Place.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: May 20, 2004

Kilgore adds to program on Virginia gangs (Fairfax, VA): A pair of bloody gang-related attacks within a week's time in Northern Virginia have caused law-enforcement officials to renew their call for more tools in fighting gang-related crimes. Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore emerged from a closed meeting with top Fairfax County police officials yesterday and announced a new component of his year-old effort to combat gang-related crime.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: May 19, 2004

Police blame gangs by name (Fairfax, VA): Police officials in Virginia, aware that publicity-hungry gangs thrive on seeing their names in the paper, for years have avoided publicly naming gangs. But the problem with gangs has grown to such a degree that police said yesterday that policy has to change. "The number one impediment to effective gang enforcement is denial. For various political reasons, it exists.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: May 19, 2004

Assailant in slaying had gang tattoo, police say (Herndon, VA): An assailant on a bicycle who gunned down a 17-year-old Herndon youth Sunday night was sporting an "MS" tattoo on his forehead, signifying allegiance to Northern Virginia's largest street gang, law enforcement sources said yesterday. Jose Sandoval was shot several times as he walked with a 16-year-old girl through a Herndon neighborhood. The girl, who has not been identified by police, survived a gunshot wound to the back, Herndon police said.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: May 19, 2004

Gangs eye kids as young as age 7 (Herndon, VA): Gangs in Northern Virginia are a growing threat to residents' safety and are recruiting children as young as 7 years old, law-enforcement officials said yesterday, a day after what police sources say was the second gang-related attack in a week. Gangs, which police say are growing in size and boldness, usually commit violent crimes against other gangs, but bystanders are at risk.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: May 18, 2004

Herndon teen killed in suspected gang attack (Herndon, VA): An assailant on a bicycle shot and killed a 17-year-old Herndon youth and wounded a 16-year-old Sunday night in what police said yesterday was another explosion of gang-related violence in Northern Virginia. Police said Jose Sandoval, a freshman at Herndon High School, was killed about 9:40 p.m. as he walked on a quiet Herndon street, not far from the popular Washington & Old Dominion biking and hiking trail. Neighbors said they heard a rapid burst of shots and then saw the teenage girl standing over Sandoval, screaming.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: May 18, 2004

Annandale man charged in machete attack of boy (Alexandria, VA): An 18-year-old Annandale man has been arrested in connection with the gang-related machete attack in which a 16-year-old boy's hands were badly mutilated. Hayner R. Flores was arrested at his home without incident late Wednesday night and charged with malicious wounding and participating in an illegal gang activity. Police said that their investigation is continuing and that more arrests are expected.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: May 14, 2004

Man pleads guilty to gang recruitment (Burke, VA): A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of recruiting minors into a gang in Northern Virginia. The man told police that he was a member of the Hoover Crips and had been initiated into the Crips in St. Louis and had been sent to Northern Virginia last year to expand membership. The maximum penalty for gang recruiting is five years in prison.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: April 28, 2004

New state law lets police detain illegal residents (Richmond, VA): Legislation passed by the General Assembly and Virginia's governor will allow the Virginia State Police to go after illegal immigrants they suspect of being involved in gang activity or the drug trade. Once the arrests are made, state and local police will be able to hold suspects as long as 72 hours without bond to let federal immigration agents pick them up. The legislation was originally derived from an anti-gang task force focusing on illegal immigrants who become involved in dangerous gangs that have taken root in parts of Virginia.
Source: Daily Press    Date: April 25, 2004

Police watch for signs of new gang activity (Radford, VA): Police are increasing patrols near Radford University and are taking other measures to curb what they believe is gang activity. While no arrests on gang-related charges have been made, warning signs of activity, such as graffiti, are prompting concerns, an officer said. Gang members are driving in from Roanoke, Bedford County, and Lynchburg to see about new opportunities since a major drug bust in 2001 left a void, the officer added.
Source: Daily Press    Date: April 17, 2004

Two arrested, one sought in Fairfax slaying (Fairfax, VA): Two men have been arrested and a third man is being sought in the gang-related slaying of a 19-year-old man in a Huntington area motel parking lot, police said. The two 19-year-olds in custody are being charged with willfully participating in a homicide while participating in a street gang. The third man, age 22, faces a gang-related homicide charge. The victim had been attending a party in a motel room, while another group of young men were holding a separate party in another room. The members of the two groups apparently began arguing, and one of the men opened fire, killing the 19-year-old. Police believe that the participants were members of two gangs.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: April 16, 2004

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