Three Leesburg residents have been arrested and charged following incidents connected to the MS-13 gang, according to the Leesburg Police Department.
On June 12, a man reported that he was the victim of a robbery by known suspects in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE. The suspects assaulted the victim and stole personal property, according to the LPD.
The next day, a second man reported that he was stabbed in the leg by known suspects in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE following an argument. The victim was transported to a local hospital with what was determined to be non-life threatening injuries.
The day after that, a third man reported that known suspects brandished a machete at him while walking on the W&OD Trail in the area of Prosperity Avenue SE. The victim fled the area uninjured.
After an investigation by the Leesburg Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), with assistance from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, two men and a juvenile male were charged for the incidents. All suspects in this investigation have been arrested and charged. Authorities say no additional arrests are anticipated.
The following were charged:
• Mauricio Lopez-Alvarado, 24, of Leesburg, was arrested and charged with two counts of gang participation, one count of robbery and one count of malicious wounding by mob.
• Guillermo Amaya-Serrano, 21, of Leesburg, was arrested and charged with three counts of gang participation, one count of robbery, one count of malicious wounding by mob and one count of brandishing.
• A 16-year-old male Leesburg resident, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was arrested and charged with one count of robbery and one count of malicious wounding.
“The Leesburg Police Department has a zero tolerance for gangs in our town,” Leesburg Chief of Police Gregory Brown said in a prepared statement. “Our Special Investigations Unit is committed to identifying and reducing crime through community policing, crime analysis and the utilization of both traditional and non-traditional enforcement techniques to enhance the quality of life [of town residents].”
— Times-Mirror Staff