Reston Man, Teens Arrested in MS-13 Gang Investigation

Jose Angel "Little Crazy" Iraheta Palacios/Credit: Manassas City PoliceA 30-year-old Reston man and two Reston teens were among those arrested after a police investigation into a violent assault on a teenage girl by alleged Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members, Manassas police said.

Last week, investigators with the Manassas City Police Department served a total of 43 warrants, with additional charges pending stemming from the Nov. 14 incident.

Jose Angel “Little Crazy” Iraheta Palacios, 30, of 11910 Winterthur Lane in Reston was charged with human trafficking; gang participation (nine counts); gang recruitment (two counts); conspiracy to cause a juvenile to assist in the distribution of marijuana (three counts); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; aiding illicit sexual intercourse; use of a vehicle to promote unlawful sexual intercourse; threaten force to encourage gang participation; and obstruction of justice

Also charged:

Carlos Albert Hernandez-Garcia (nicknamed “Momia” and “Albert”), 20, of no fixed address; human trafficking; gang participation (six counts); gang recruitment (two counts); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to cause a juvenile to assist in the distribution of marijuana; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A 17-year-old male from Reston; human trafficking; gang participation (four counts); gang recruitment (two counts); and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

A 16-year-old male from Reston; gang participation and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

The investigation was triggered by the November assault of a 15-year-old Manassas girl by MS-13 members during a gang initiation ritual, police said. It was initially reported to Manassas police in early December.

Multiple local agencies investigated the incident, police said. Among them: City of Manassas Park Police, the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, the Virginia State Police, Fairfax County police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The suspects are being held without bond in Fairfax County.

Photo of Jose Angel “Little Crazy” Iraheta Palacios/Credit: Manassas Police

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