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U.S. marshals say they have tracked down and arrested a dangerous gang member wanted in a Texas homicide in a small town in South Carolina.
Franklin Platero-Rodriguez, a documented member of the violent international crime gang MS-13, was captured coming out of a Subway restaurant on Highway 78 in Ladson on Tuesday night, a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service said.
The article goes on to state the following:
Platero-Rodriguez was wanted by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office in Texas in connection with the fatal shooting of a man whose body he put in the trunk of a vehicle before he set it on fire.
Platero-Rodriguez is also wanted by ICE for a 2014 federal warrant for failure to appear for illegally entering the United States, the news release said.
Fox News noted in a Friday morning broadcast that Platero-Rodriguez originally entered the United States as an unaccompanied illegal alien “child.”
Below is the report as posted on Facebook by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina:
Armed, Wanted MS13 Murder Suspect arrested in Berkeley County
On Tuesday evening, members of the U.S. Marshals led Operation Intercept (OPIN) Fugitive Task Force, Charleston Division, and the K9 Unit of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested fugitive Franklin Platero-Rodriguez. Platero-Rodriguez was wanted for murder by the Walker County Texas Sheriff’s Office and by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) for a 2014 Federal Charge of Failure to Appear. The OPIN Fugitive Task Force started working the case after receiving a request from the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force, revealed information that Platero-Rodriguez was possibly residing in Berkeley County.
According to the request Platero-Rodriguez, 21, of Lyn Lane in Ladson, who is a documented and confirmed MS-13 gang member, is accused of intentionally and knowingly causing the death of an individual by shooting him. After killing the victim, Platero-Rodriguez poured gasoline on a vehicle and burned it while the deceased was inside the trunk. Platero-Rodriguez fled to SC after committing the crime.
During the evening of 5/22/18, while conducting surveillance, law enforcement officers observed Platero-Rodriguez exit a Subway Restaurant located at 9612D Highway 78, in Ladson, SC. Platero-Rodriguez was observed getting into the driver’s seat of a white Ford F-150 extended cab truck, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit conducted a felony takedown on Platero-Rodriguez. A search incident to arrest revealed Platero-Rodriguez to have a loaded 9mm pistol in his front pocket that was determined to have been stolen from Texas. The Ford F-150 matched the description of the vehicle used at the Texas murder scene, was seized as evidence and held for Walker County, Texas
Platero-Rodriguez was transported to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for Platero-Rodriguez was booked and charged with the charges of: Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm; Possession of a Stolen Firearm; Fugitive in Possession of a Firearm. A hold was placed for Immigration Custom Enforcement and walker County, Texas.
“We work closely with our federal partners and arrests like this are a result of it. Platero-Rodriguez is a dangerous MS13 Gang member and I am glad that we were able to locate and arrest him without him being able to cause further harm,” Sheriff Duane Lewis stated.
Suspected MS-13 gang member accused of brutally murdering a man pic.twitter.com/DCAylfhLEu
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 25, 2018
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