Il­le­gals tar­geted sher­iff as part of gang ini­ti­a­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY JERRY SEPER

The at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion of a South Carolina deputy sher­iff was a gang ini­ti­a­tion car­ried out by three il­le­gal im­mi­grants in­clud­ing a 15-year-old boy who was sup­posed to “kill a cop” in or­der to be ad­mit­ted as a mem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a con­fi­den­tial Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity ad­vi­sory.

Lex­ing­ton County, S.C., Deputy Sher­iff Ted Xan­thakis and his K-9 po­lice dog, Ar­cos, were at­tacked by the three il­le­gals armed with a 12gauge shot­gun dur­ing a Feb. 8 in­ci­dent in West Columbia, S.C., shortly af­ter 3 a.m. The deputy and his dog sur­vived.

Two of the men were iden­ti­fied in a U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE) re­port as mem­bers of the Surenos gang, or SUR-13, a col­lec­tion of Mex­i­canAmer­i­can street gangs with ori­gins in the old­est bar­rios of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Hun­dreds of SUR-13 gangs op­er­ate in Cal­i­for­nia and have spread to many other parts of the coun­try. The para­mil­i­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion has been de­scribed by fed­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies as ac­tively in­volved in il­le­gal-im­mi­grant and drug smug­gling.

Ac­cord­ing to the ICE re­port, the at­tack occurred as the deputy re­sponded to a call about a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle.

The 15-year-old and two oth­ers, Car­los Alfredo Diaz De Leon, 17, and Lu­cino Guz­man Gut­tier­rez, 20, were later ar­rested by sher­iff’s deputies and mem­bers of the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice. Diaz De Leon and Guz­man Gut­tier­rez were charged with as­sault and bat­tery with in­tent to kill.

Deputy Xan­thakis and his dog were in a marked pa­trol car at the time of the shoot­ing.

The 15-year-old was taken to a pre-trial de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity, where he was await­ing a hear­ing in fam- ily court. Pros­e­cu­tors said they would rec­om­mend that the boy be pros­e­cuted in fam­ily court on a charge of as­sault and bat­tery with in­tent to kill.

Un­der state law, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials can­not iden­tify the boy be­cause he is a ju­ve­nile.

Lex­ing­ton County Sher­iff James R. Metts told re­porters that Diaz De Leon, Guz­man Gut­tier­rez and the 15-year-old il­le­gally en­tered the United States from Mex­ico. He said Diaz De Leon and Guz­man Gut­tier­rez were liv­ing in West Columbia and a search of their house net­ted items thought to have been stolen in ve­hi­cle break-ins in Lex­ing­ton County, in­clud­ing a Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem de­vices and car stereo sys­tems.

The sher­iff also said that deputies re­cov­ered the shot­gun that was used to shoot at Deputy Sher­iff Xan­thakis.

ICE de­tain­ers have been lodged against the adults.

The ICE re­port, made pub­lic Feb. 25 by the Amer­i­cans for Le­gal Im­mi­gra­tion PAC (ALIPAC), said in­ter­views de­ter­mined that the 15year-old was the shooter and the in­ci­dent was a gang ini­ti­a­tion. It said gangs “have long posed a threat to pub­lic safety and law en­force­ment but the threat is now in­creas­ing in scope. [. . . ] Never be­fore have the street gangs in South Carolina ac­tively tar­geted law en­force­ment of­fi­cers for gang ini­ti­a­tion.”

ICE agents, as part of a na­tion­wide crack­down on gangs, have ar­rested mem­bers of SUR-13 in Ten­nessee and Ge­or­gia on charges rang­ing from felony theft and il­le­gal re-en­try af­ter de­por­ta­tion to mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, car­jack­ing, armed rob­bery and drug deal­ing.

William Gheen, pres­i­dent of ALIPAC, de­scribed the at­tack as the “beginning of Amer­ica’s night­mar­ish fu­ture as we de­scend into the type of an­ar­chy found in Mex­ico.

“In Mex­ico, things have de­te­ri­o­rated so much that po­lice are de­mor­al­ized and are be­ing killed by th­ese gangs of a weekly ba­sis,” he said. “That’s what hap­pens when your na­tion loses re­spect for the rule of law as we see with the ef­fect of mil­lions of il­le­gal aliens in Amer­ica.”

He said the U.S. needs to se­cure its bor­der and en­force its im­mi­gra­tion laws “or we will be­gin to lose more of­fi­cers and as we loose of­fi­cers, gang rule will re­place the rule of law.”


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