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Saturday, 22 August 2020

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

A man wanted for a 2016 murder in New York with ties to the MS-13 gang has been detained in El Salvador, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
José Jonathan Guevara-Castro - also known as Suspechoso - was arrested on August 13 in Acajutla, Sonsonate, the Eastern District of New York said in a Tuesday press release
His latest charge is in connection to participating in the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda, who was brutally killed on May 21, 2016, in Nassau County.  
Pineda was believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang, one of the principal rivals of MS-13. The murder was a joint venture between two 'cliques' of MS-13 operating on Long Island: the Hollywood Locos Salvatruchas clique and the Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside clique. 
Guvara-Casto is believed to have been a part of the Hollywood clique. 
On May 21, 2016, members of the gang lured Pineda to a wooded area near the Merrick-Freeport border and violently hacked at him with machetes.
José Jonathan Guevara-Castro (pictured) - also known as Suspechoso - was arrested on August 13 in Acajutla, Sonsonate
José Jonathan Guevara-Castro  was arrested in connection to the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda (pictured), who was killed on May 21, 2016, in Nassau County
José Jonathan Guevara-Castro (left) - also known as Suspechoso - was arrested in connection to the murder of 20-year-old Kerin Pineda (right), who was killed on May 21, 2016, in Nassau County
Guevara-Castro is charged in a 24-count indictment that also included seven other members of the MS-13 gang. Charges range from racketeering offenses, murder and narcotics trafficking.
Guevara-Castro is charged in a 24-count indictment that also included seven other members of the MS-13 gang. Charges range from racketeering offenses, murder and narcotics trafficking.

They then burned his body in a hole that 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 included seven other members of the MS-13 gang. Charges range from racketeering offenses, murder and narcotics trafficking. 
'Guevara's arrest more than 2,000 miles away from Long Island where he allegedly participated in the brutal murder of a young man more than four years ago, is a testament to the commitment of this Office and our law enforcement partners to bringing members of the MS-13 gang to justice 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 offer any safe harbor to criminals from our mission to eradicate violent gangs from the Eastern District of New York.'

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