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    MS-13 member’s trail shows gang’s movement

    photoA blood stain remained on Buckingham Court in Sterling Park on Sept. 18, 2008. Three men were shot there the day before. Antonio N. Urrutia-Barrera was recently sentenced for the triple shooting. -Times-Mirror File Photo/Lisa Johnson

    Sixty years.

    That’s how long Antonio Neftali Urrutia-Barrera, 20, of Reston, will spend in federal prison after being sentenced March 19 for two of the many crimes he either committed or is accused of committing in late summer and early fall 2008.

    One of those crimes was a triple shooting in Sterling Park that left a Loudoun resident paralyzed from the waist down.

    During a period of a little more than two months, Urrutia-Barrera—who is in the country illegally from Central America—spent time in three Virginia counties and one Maryland county.

    His crimes left at least four innocent bystanders injured. They also highlight how gangs sometimes work in one area for months and then move to a new region as members try to elude capture. While law enforcement has begun to curtail MS-13 crime in Northern Virginia, according to a 2009 FBI report,  the gang has spread into southern Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia.

    Urrutia-Barrera’s crimes were committed while the gang was more active in Loudoun and Fairfax.

    A violent beginning

    Federal court documents say Urrutia-Barrera, also known as “Lil Duende,” joined MS-13 as an associate member in 2006 at the age of 16. He was jumped in as a full member in 2008 when he was 18. Jumping in is a ritual in which three current MS-13 members kick and punch an associate member for 13 seconds to initiate him or her as a full member.

    Once he became a full member, it didn’t take Urrutia-Barrera long to get involved in attacking people he perceived to be members of the 18th Street gang, MS-13’s rival.

    Gang members are encouraged to carry out crimes against 18th Street members when they see them.

    Court documents show that MS-13 has two cliques that work together in the region. The Western Locos Salvatrucha, or WLS, comprises northern Fairfax County and Loudoun County, while the Normadie Loco Salvatrucha, or NLS, comprises Prince George’s County, Md., and parts of Fairfax County.

    A confidential informant who is a member of MS-13 told FBI officials that members of NLS have been sent into Northern Virginia “because WLS members were not ‘representing’ or handling gang business properly.”

    Mistaken identities

    While Urrutia-Barrera has been convicted of two attacks in Loudoun County in 2008, the more violent attack of the two happened Sept. 17.

    Court documents say that Urrutia-Barrera and other MS-13 members were drinking in Sugarland Run that night when they decided to go to the home of another MS-13 member to continue the party.

    “Before everyone left, a leader in the clique handed a .38 revolver to [Urrutia-Barrera],” the documents say.

    While sitting in the front passenger seat, Urrutia-Barrera thought he saw a group of 18th Street members at the entrance of Buckingham Court in Sterling Park.
    Urrutia-Barrera’s group entered Buckingham Court, and as they drove out, Urrutia-Barrera pulled out the revolver and shot at the group, wounding three.

    “Two of the victims were not seriously injured, but one victim remains paralyzed from the waist down,” court documents say.

    None of the three were 18th Street gang members, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell confirmed.

    Later that night, an MS-13 praised Urrutia-Barrera for the shootings.

    After an Oct. 6 attack in Reston that left two men injured with gunshot wounds, Urrutia-Barrera spent several days, possibly a week at an MS-13 leader’s home in Maryland.

    Then, at the suggestion of one of the NLS leaders, he fled to Richmond and stayed in a hotel room with a fellow MS-13 member, court documents say.

    While in Richmond, Urrutia-Barrera participated in what police called the most violent MS-13 act the region had seen up to that point.

    He and fellow gang members saw a man in a restaurant/night club in Chesterfield County who they mistakenly identified as an 18th Street gang member.

    They followed the man into the restroom and stabbed him five times, once in the heart. The man survived but lost partial use of a hand and has several scars.
    Urrutia-Barrera was convicted of malicious wounding in the case and is serving state time for it.

    The 60 years of federal time he is serving are for the Sterling Park triple-shooting and the Oct. 6 attack in Reston.

    End of the road

    Weeks after the attack in Chesterfield County, several MS-13 members traveled to Northern Virginia to pick up the two guns that had been used in two of Urrutia-Barrera’s attacks.

    “They took the guns to the hotel room in Richmond where [Urrutia-Barrera] was staying,” court documents say.

    Urrutia-Barrera was there when the guns were sold to someone who promised to ship them out of the country.

    That someone ended up being an FBI informant.

    Throughout late 2008 and 2009, authorities – many as part of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task, of which Loudoun is a part – pieced together all of Urrutia-Barrera’s crimes.

    As gangs move and spread, law enforcement and elected leaders are working to share their knowledge about how to combat them.

    U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th), who secures the funding for the task force, is working with other representatives to begin similar efforts in their jurisdictions. He told Times-Mirror reporters March 22 about a new task force he is helping to build in Maryland. 

    The authorities are on the move too.

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    Gang violence timeline

    Antonio Urrutia-Barrera, a member of the MS-13 street gang, is accused of involvement in violent attacks from August 2008 to October 2008.

    Aug. 30, 2008: Urrutia-Barrera is accused of being involved in a gang assault in Reston. Police say he and others attacked a rival gang member with a baseball bat and glass bottles. Urrutia-Barrera faces a preliminary hearing May 19.

    Sept. 11, 2008: Police say Urrutia-Barrera and four others encounter four Park View High School students who they believe are acquaintances of 18th Street Gang members near West Juniper Avenue in Sterling Park. Urrutia-Barrera’s group flashes MS-13 symbols, then assault one of the Park View students before driving off, police say. Urrutia-Barrera is arrested in Richmond Nov. 5 in connection with this attack.

    Sept. 14, 2008: Urrutia-Barrera is spotted in a park in Hyattsville, Md., with 18 other people. Police believe they were jumping in new gang members. Police photograph all who are present, including Urrutia-Barrera.

    Sept. 17, 2008: Urrutia-Barrera and another MS-13 member are riding around Sterling Park when they see a group of people they think are 18th Street Gang members standing near the intersection of East Poplar Road and Buckingham Court. Urrutia-Barrera pulls out a gun and shoots at the group, hitting three of them. The three who were injured are not gang members, and one of them remains paralyzed from the waist down. Urrutia-Barrera is serving a federal prison sentence for this attack.

    Oct. 6, 2008: Urrutia-Barrera and two other MS-13 members attack three people, two of whom were members of the 18th Street Gang, on Freetown Court in Reston. The MS-13 members shoot at all three of them, injuring two, including the one not affiliated with a gang. All three are serving federal prison time for the attack.

    Oct. 18, 2008: Urrutia-Barrera and two other MS-13 members attack a man they mistakenly believe to be a rival gang member in the restroom of Valentino Italian Restaurant in Chesterfield County, south of Richmond. They stab the man five times, puncturing his heart, then leave him to die, but the victim survives. Urrutia-Barrera is serving a prison sentence in Chesterfield County for the crime.

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    I am a female whose mother’s ancestors arrived here in 1635… PRE REVOLUTION…I have great grandfathers who served in EVERY war, in EVERY army…. and have recently lost a family member in Afghanistan… I am not wealthy… I pay taxes… I believe that ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL…. until the LAWS OF THE LAND are changed, one needs to follow the guidelines that are currently in place for entering and establishing residence in this country… TRY entering EU countries… or Australia, or New Zealand without the proper papers…and you might be rejected then because you don’t have the education or work experience those countries are looking for…

    I WELCOME any and all who want to come here with the intention of becoming law abiding,ENGLISH speaking, tax paying AMERICANS… Is that racist??? I hope not as I am a VERY mixed race person… black, white, Native American… etc, etc.


    SoulShadow55, after reading your racist comments I felt compelled to respond and post a comment which I hardly ever do. First, in regards to the post stating that your ancestors came through Ellis Island legally and how they followed the rules, and earned their citizenship. The only requirement to enter the US back when there were major influxes of immigrants in late 1800


    Ponygirl, all I can say is that just reading your comment filled with misspelled words, lacking any puncuation (including, commas and periods), as well as an improper use of capital letters lets me know that you are not “running anything” but your mouth.  It also tells me that you didn’t take advantage of the free, US taxpayer-funded education that, I’m sure, is the reason your parents say they smuggled you across the border.  Your blatant ignorance in stating that you pay taxes by using someone else’s social secuity number is priceless (as well as illegal).  There seems to be a pattern developing here?  But I guess we can just add that to the rest of the crimes committed by illegal immigrants. 

    Illegal is illegal.  If you are in the country illegally then you SHOULD be subject to arrest and deportation, especially if you are stupid enough to commit other crimes on top of your illegal presence.  I don’t care which country you came from, be it England, Kenya or Honduras.  If you are here illegally, then I hope you are caught and deported.  And no one is “hating” on you for being Latio.  Seems to me you are doing a good enough job on that all by yourself.  If you “don’t need nobody” it would easy then to go live in your home country.  Seeing that being in the US hasn’t really affected you morally, ethically or legally since you think that your illegal presence here in no big deal.  It seems that illegal immigrants from Latin American always want to cry “Latino,” when they get caught committing a crime.  And if you think you are not on welfare, please tell me who pays for your anchor babies when they are born in US hospitals?  Babies who are conceived so that the entire family hopes to get a “pass” into legalization.  It’s welfare for US citizens to pay for your illegal children to attend taxpayer-funded schools.  Its welfare when those same children get free lunches in school as well as free food to take home on Fridays.  It’s welfare when your children are provided with translators or ESL classes because they come into the US illegally and cannot understand English.  The list of freebies given to illegal immigrants is too long to mention here.  Suffice it to say that you are an ignorant, selfish, foolish woman who lives with her head in the sand refusing to accept the fact that your presence and the presence of millions of illegal immigrants (no matter what country they come from) are having an adverse effect on the US and its citizens.  But you must understand that we have the power of the vote and we will vote only for legislators who will remove you and your kind from OUR country.  Now take that and kiss my legal American butt!


    I don’t think anyone has a problem with people entering this country LEGALLY…there is a process in place for that.. just as there are in other countries around the world… try moving to New Zealand… or Europe…. or Japan… or…..

    There seems to be a lack of understanding by those who are here ILLEGALLY that they start life off here by breaking the law… and it goes from there…

    This country is a country of immigrants, and there aren’t many citizens who haven’t been able to trace their families to other parts of the world.. it has been a strength of our country… but when my family came here, they entered LEGALLY through Ellis Island, they followed the rules for becoming immigrants, and decided to EARN their citizenship… and if they committed crimes, they were subject to the laws of the land…

    People who are opposed to ILLEGAL immigration should not be automatically assumed to be anti Latino, or any other anti… JUST ANTI ILLEGAL….
    There is a huge difference.

    If someone wants to come here to take advantage of life in the US, they have the obligation to enter legally, work to become citizens, and join the MELTING POT…


    Angie - just couple of things
    1. the article is largely about the harm dome to innocents by this individual who had enervated the country illegally - not your insecurity
    2. we are the only country with this approach and attitude towards illegal immigration.—try entering Mexico illegally from Guatemala
    3. save the ‘we pay taxes too ” argument - by definition it is a gray market, dealing in cash and keeping wages low for people who do play by the rules
    4. if indeed Spanish (really? you identify with the conquering whites who decimated the indigenous people) People In Charge is true - why don’t you mobilize and solve this gang/death of innocents problem for all of us?
    Just asking


    All these comments on here you guys are hating because your not a latino! I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and for those who live in Northern Virginia you should already know Latinos Run this! Yes you read right we run this! SPIC yes we are SPANISH PEOPLE IN CONTROL…so for those who say we dont pay taxes yes we do!! we might use a fake ssn but we still pay! and we get it done we dont live off welfare like others do no we’re proud and we dont need no help from nobody


    I don’t think there IS a solution to the myriad problems attached to illegal immigrants, but I’m very, very grateful to and proud of the NoVa Regional Gang Task Force as well as our own Sheriff Simpson and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies for their vigilance.


    The police should have more latitude and discretion to terminate known multiple offenders at will.  In the old west the term ‘outlaw’ applied to those who were declared by the law, or by themselves to be outside the law, meaning they had no protection under the law.  A citizen could shoot an outlaw from behind and it was not a crime.  If a few gang members were shot while trying to escape it would go a long way in making them think twice and cut back on ultra -violence for fear of not making it to the booking process.


    I continually ask myself why the Federal govt seems so reluctant to seriously patrol our southern borders… If it weren’t for southern state govts, there would be NO border patrol… what is the point of Homeland Security if we have an open door to our south… and look at the results… I don’t know if deporting this person is the answer… I have a sense he would find his way back in a matter of days… but do I want my tax $$‘s to go towards his incarceration???  I think not… perhaps the death penalty for felonies committed in this country by illegals…


    Deport him, and let his country take care of him….I can understand justice for the families, however, he is here ILLEGAL, get him out!


    It is unfortunate that there are individuals who continue to see illegals as hard-working, hapless folks just trying to give their families better lives. In reality, they are here because greedy businessmen exploit them with very low wage jobs and no healthcare, leaving the American people to pay for them.


    Why are we keeping this piece of (expletive removed) in jail. He is not worth it.  Put a bullet in him and get it over with.  This is the problem with this country.
    We spend too much money on keeping illegal’s in this country.  When we could be using it to fix the economy. We will spend 75k a year to keep this piece of (expletive removed) in jail with our tax money.  Put a 2 cent 22 bullet in the back of his head.

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