23-year-old Erick Salvador Hernandez Bonilla was arrested in South Carolina
An MS-13 gang member, who is wanted for allegedly murdering six people in El Salvador, has been found by police living illegally in the U.S.
23-year-old Erick Salvador Hernandez Bonilla is on Interpol’s “100 Most Wanted List” and is a known violent MS-13 gang member.
Hernandez Bonilla was arrested in Lady’s Island, South Carolina after a “red notice” was issued by the international law enforcement organization known as Interpol.
Authorities sought to capture the gang member for the murders of six individuals in El Salvador and terrorist threat charges.
Law enforcement was tipped off about where Bonilla was hiding out, thanks to an anonymous source, the Bluffton Police Department said.
Bonilla’s capture was achieved through the teamwork of the Bluffton Police Department and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
It is still not clear how Bonilla got into the United States.
Police Chief Stephenie Price said in a statement:
“I am proud and grateful of the anonymous source who contacted the Bluffton Police Department and whose efforts resulted in a successful arrest of this dangerous suspect.”
“The anonymous source put the community’s safety above personal safety, and this person deserves much credit.”
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MS-13 Gang members manage to sneak into the U.S Mexico border as illegal aliens.
Some members arrive as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) via a federally-facilitated program that resettles UACs with family members.
Earlier this year, another MS-13 gang member who arrived as an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) pleaded guilty to the murder of 18-year-old Bryan Steven Cho Lemus.
Samuel Ponce admitted his role in murdering Lemus in August 2016 and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.