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2 fugitives sought in connection with Va. slaying found in Medina

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Two alleged gang members were arrested Thursday evening in Medina in connection with a Halloween slaying in Virginia.

Medina police assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in the arrests of Kevin Cruz, 22, and Carlos Cisneros, 21, both of Virginia, on Thursday.

Both men, allegedly members of a gang known as MS-13, were wanted by marshals and the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia on charges of complicity to commit murder, according to a release from the U.S. Marshal’s office in Cleveland.

Medina City Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said Friday that the presence of MS-13 members in Medina is “disturbing.”

“To have them in Medina, in one of our housing complexes, is something we have to keep an eye on,” he said, adding that officers undergo training so they are “prepared (to deal) with that level of alleged criminal.”

Authorities began to watch an apartment complex near the 300 block of Springbrook Drive in Medina after the men were reportedly seen there, police said. The men were taken to the Medina County Jail after a traffic stop as they left the apartment complex. Police said they would remain jailed before their extradition to Prince William County.

On Oct. 31, eight members of MS-13 allegedly executed a man in Prince William County, shooting him several times and slicing him with a machete. Eight alleged gang members were suspected in connection with the killing. Cruz and Cisneros were the last two suspects at large.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website, MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is a street gang with a presence in multiple states.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or afox@medina-gazette.com.



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