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Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Wanted for Murder is Apprehended

According to the Houston Chronicles, local law enforcement officials confirmed that a suspected member of the brutal MS-13 gang who was wanted in connection with two area murders was apprehended early Saturday more than 1,400 miles from Houston.

Douglas Alexander Herrera-Hernandez, 20, also known as “Terror,” was taken into custody near Alexandria, Virginia, by law enforcement authorities executing a search warrant, Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.

“I think we can all sleep better,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Lisa Collins said of the arrest.

Officials in both Harris and Fort Bend counties are looking to extradite Herrera-Hernandez to face two murder charges.

According to a news release from the Houston Police Department, Herrera-Hernandez is accused of killing a 16-year-old boy who is believed to have witnessed several MS-13-related murders.

The teen, Estuar Quinones, was found dead in June 2016, at Buffalo Run Park in Missouri City.
Herrera-Hernandez is also accused of killing another documented MS-13 gang member, Kevin Alvarez, 26, on July 9, outside a southeast Houston apartment complex, according to sworn statements from Houston police officers. Alvarez was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds about 10 p.m. in the walkway between several units of an apartment complex at 265 El Dorado.

The apprehension of Herrera-Hernandez represents a win for local law enforcement authorities who are focusing increased attention on gang violence.

Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, announced in June that he planned to form a specialized unit to combat violent crime. He has called MS-13 “the worst of the worst.”

MS-13, or “La Mara Salvatrucha,” was formed in California in the 1980s. The gang spread throughout Central America and the U.S. and is infamous for the grisly murders. In Houston, the gang is responsible for some of the area’s most gruesome murders. For example, MS-13 gang members were convicted for murdering a 14-year-old boy here in 2014 who wanted to go to church instead of associating with the gang.

They were also charged with killing a girl earlier this year in a Satanic sacrifice.

This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to El Salvador to meet with law enforcement officials there to discuss ways to combat MS-13, which has become the face of President Donald Trump’s war on illegal immigration.

Herrera-Hernandez is from El Salvador and has been in the U.S. without documentation, local police have said.

This week, he landed on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s list of most wanted fugitives, along with Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona, 26, also believed to be an MS-13 gang member.

Gonzalez-Barahona is wanted on a murder charge in connection with the June 18 shooting death of his estranged girlfriend in northwest Houston, according to authorities. They said he is also wanted on an aggravated kidnapping charge after he kidnapped the driver of a pickup at gunpoint in Brazoria County.

Crime Statistics

Crime Facts at a Glance 2014 According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
  • The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and under.
  • Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
  • There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
  • 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
  • There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2015 Statistics:

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

San Antonio Wrongful Death Attorney

Crimes occur every day, even brutal ones. Tempers flare and result in murder, domestic violence goes a step further, a robbery goes wrong, or a weapon is introduced into a heated argument; these are all examples of wrongful deaths at the hands of another person, but they all share a common trait. They are one time kills. Most of these types of people kill in the moment and have no desire to do it again. MS-13 gang members are brutal and kill to exert their dominance and they like it. Murder is the life for these members. They exhibit a total lack of empathy and remorse which makes them very scary. If you or a loved one have been affected by a murder of any kind and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office and let us help you with your options.