Six MS-13 Gang Members Charged with Stabbing Teen 100 Times for Trying to Leave the Gang

By Melanie Arter | March 22, 2019 | 3:36pm EDT
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A 26-year-old man from Greenbelt, Md., is the 6th MS-13 gang member to be charged in the stabbing death of a Virginia teen who wanted out of the gang.

Jose Ortega Ayala was arrested and charged with 1st degree murder and other charges in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Jacson Pineda-Chicas, who was stabbed 100 times, WTOP reports.

Police say Pineda-Chicas was stabbed 100 times, set on fire, and his body was dumped in Fairfax, Va.

Pineda-Chicas fled El Salvador to escape the clutches of MS-13 only to end up joining the gang in the U.S., his mother said.

Also arrested were 29-year-old gang leader Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 20- year-old Jonathan Castillo-Rivera; 18-year-old Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 16-year-old Christian Martinez-Ramirez, and 25-year-old Jose Hernandez-Garcia.

Pineda-Chicas was killed in Ordonez-Zometa’s house in Landover Hills, Md. Pineda-Chicas was living there to spare his family from danger, NBC 4 reported.

His mother said when gang members accused him of talking to the police, they threatened to kill his family, so he told them to kill him instead.

"He was stabbed around 100 times," Maj. Brian Reilly of the Prince George's County Police told the Washington Post. "That goes to how violent this attack was and how it wasn't just one person who did this. The group turned on their own."


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