Men suspected in abduction and stabbing charged with gang activity

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Court papers show a dangerous Latin gang may have ties to Richmond and Chesterfield. Five men have been charged with gang activity after police say they abducted and stabbed someone in January.

It happened on Jefferson Davis Highway. Police say the victim was abducted, stabbed, and then dropped off on Terminal Avenue. Now, we're learning more about the men who did it, that they might be members of the dangerous MS-13 gang.

Marvin Coreas-DeLeon, Mario Molina, Jose Bran, Justin Amador, and Giovanny Torres go by alter names on the street: Bamba, Correcto, Pantro, Danger, and Gio respectively.

They've been charged with several counts of gang activity right here in Richmond in connection with the abduction. Luckily, their alleged victim was able to get home and ask for help.

"It's something that we don't see very often," Richmond Police Cpt. Emmett Williams told us in January. "Where you have multiple suspects abduct a victim who are involved in the stabbing and then dump the victim with the explicit intent that they would die."

Police say the attack was over a woman- out of retaliation. Court records form the Grand Jury indictment indicate the suspects were all members of MS-13.

We asked a former gang member, Geronimo Aguilar, who was in a different gang, about MS-13.

"MS-13 has a reputation of being one of the most violent gangs that there is. They're very large. They're a lot more organized than people realize," said Aguilar.

We looked into where these suspects are said to live in Richmond and Chesterfield. In one neighborhood, neighbors told us they were very concerned.

Court papers also indicate the gang included teens or kids.

"It's usually the older gang members that look for younger people," said Aguilar. "They entice them with money, entice them with a nice vehicle, entice em by just taking them and buying them sneakers."

All five men who were charged are said to have ties to El Salvador or Honduras. MS-13 is known to have roots in Central America.

Police and prosecutors say they won't comment on the gang charges until after the cases go to trial. The victim is this case has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.

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