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Reston Man, Teens Arrested in MS-13 Gang Investigation

by Karen Goff — March 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm 4,350 46 Comments

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

  • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

    I’m sure all of these banditos have all of their immigration papers in order and pay taxes and stuff though.

  • Local family

    Were the teens at South Lakes HS?

    • Karen Goff

      I don’t have that info. Police are not releasing the teens names because they are juveniles.

      • Greg

        teens’

        • Karen Goff

          gosh, even i don’t copy edit the comments. But thanks. It’s been corrected.

          • Greg

            Take the high road; it’s much less traveled and the view is awesome.

          • Karen Goff

            I am. Goodbye for now.

          • Greg

            🙂

          • Greg

            I?

          • Greg

            Gosh?

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Apparently, it’s racist to openly inquire about their immigration status. Would it be racist, though, to wonder about their immigration status?

    • Vina Hutchinson

      I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, as long as the police do that for everyone and don’t target just those folks who appear to be Hispanic.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Wow. Apparently, I’m on the moderation list.

  • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

    Lots of bad shit goes down at those Winterthur Apartments. Anyone care to guess if they accept Sec 8 vouchers?

  • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

    Karen,
    .
    Several weeks ago I sent pictures of condom wrappers discarded along Fairway Dr. near the intersection of North Shore Dr. to Ken and Cate. I think I sent them to you as well. I believe the same “use of a vehicle to promote illegal sexual intercourse” is happening. Also, along the same stretch of Fairway Dr., there is evidence of marijuana use and perhaps sales. So maybe Little Crazy & Momia, or their associates are also operating out of the lovely Fairway Apartments. Perhaps they are Obama’s dreamers. The list of crimes these bastards are accused of is serious. These people are ruining our community . There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. Please ask all of the RA BoD candidates to address the issue of these apartment complexes and their tenants . Can they be fined for the filthy garbage strewn along the edges of their complex? I believe Winterthur and Fairway Dr. take a lot of those good old Sec.8 vouchers

    • Mike M

      I’ve been spending lots of time just off the other end of Fairway Drive for a few months. I walk my dog down at the North Shore end many nights. I’ve never seen anything to corroberate the things people say about “Fairway.” It’s generally very nice housing, some of it super nice, except the apartments at the southeast corner of the North Shore intersection which is not as bad as you seem to think.I’ve never seen, heard, or experienced trouble there.
      What am I missing? (I’ve seen condom wrappers in all kinds of places.)

      Winterthur is a whole different situation.

      • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

        Yes, it is down by the apartments that I am talking about. I walk there myself and it is always littered with beer cans, blunt wrappers, and not only condom wrappers, but used condoms. Gross, right? Then, when I saw the charges against the MS_13 guy from the Winterthur Apts, it made me think the same thing could be going on. I am aware that most people like having sex. But that doesn’t mean its cool to litter the streets with their used rubbers. Civilized people do not behave this way. And the charges against those guys suggest the sex in cars is more than just “getting their freak on” in a car. It suggests criminal behavior and possible sex trafficking of young girls.

        • Mike M

          OK. But I used to walk my dog in South Reston. Every Wednesday evening a couple would park side-by-side in the back of a parking lot in one of the industrial parks. They would have sex in the BMer. They tossed the condoms out on to the parking lot. Nasty. Pigs. Not necessarily trafficking, but I appreciate your concern. If they had an apartment, . . .

          Dog walker KNOW what’s going on. 😉

        • Mike M

          Maybe I need to walk further south. Then again, not interested.

        • Mike S

          More than likely its teenagers.

      • Vina Hutchinson

        Mike M, I posted a long reply to Bojangler’s comment and somehow that comment has disappeared. Fairway is not Section 8 housing. And his comment about Latinos and children at the pool — one look at the registered sex offenders list for Reston, and I’d say there’s just as much to worry about from white me in the area,, as opposed to other races and ethnic groups.

    • comfortinmycar

      Criminals don’t all live in Sec 8 housing…just saying.

  • Vina Hutchinson

    Just for the record, since you’re so curious about immigration status, I’m an American.

  • Vina Hutchinson

    Chuck, I’ve got a comment waiting for approval, too. I can understand that. It addresses the comments made about Fairway Apartments. Among my many other comments was that it’s not section 8 housing and that people should check on the leasing requirements before they make any unsubstantiated remarks about the immigration status of the folks who live there.

    • Vina Hutchinson

      oh, wow, now my original comment’s been deleted? That’s disappointing but not surprising, given it’s Reston. You might as well delete the other two comments up there since they don’t really make sense out of context with the original remark.

  • Vina Hutchinson

    And, seriously, Winterthur Apartments are nowhere near North Shore Drive. Way the heck over on the other side of town.

    • comfortinmycar

      No longer use Hunters Woods Shopping Center ….gotten very scary day or night.

      • Reston Watcher

        I visit Hunters Woods Shopping Center several times a week, for groceries, gas, concerts at RCC, take out, dry cleaning and the occasional donut, and I’ve never seen anything remotely scary there. What is it that you’ve see that frightens you?

        • comfortinmycar

          Matter of opinion and what you’ll tolerate. South Lakes and North Point will be fine in the interim.

          • Reston Watcher

            Yes, of course. Everyone’s comfort level is different level is different, and people focus on different aspects of their environment. That’s why I’m curious about what you’re seeing that I’m not. I’m not tolerating anything. An example or two of what you see that you think is scary would help those of use who haven’t seen anything of concern understand.

          • comfortinmycar

            Lots of men hanging around down on Colts Neck and in the Centee. Drug and alcohol use…gang style dress and use of gang signs. People watching as you go to yor car or getting to close when you pay. All moot now as I have no use for that center…not a business there I use. Last word…not my kind of place.

          • Reston Watcher

            Thanks. I’ll watch for myself and see if I notice anything like that.

          • Constance (Connie) Hartke

            I too frequent the Hunters Woods Shopping Center and my feeling of safety there has improved in the last few years. The local police request that you please call the non-emergency number to report suspicious activity: 703-691-2131.

      • JB

        I don’t see issues during the day there (I generally don’t shop at night), and am completely comfortable. I’m a woman, and was attacked years ago (not in Virginia) and am *very* focused on what’s going on and who’s nearby. I’ll drive away or get back in the car if something seems even a little off. Having lived in Reston for 10+ years, I’ve never done that at Hunters Woods.

  • Vina Hutchinson

    Karen, I posted a reply to Bojangler’s allegations about Fairway Apartments and that comment is gone from here. It did show up briefly but it’s been gone now.

    • Vina Hutchinson

      I also pointed out that the sex offender registry for Reston includes far more white guys than other races/ethnicities, and that comment has disappeared as well. Twice now.

    • Karen Goff

      I can see it on my screen. It’s at the bottom of this thread.

      • Vina Hutchinson

        Yes, I did see that my comments have now reappeared elsewhere. It originally posted several hours ago as a direct reply to Bojangler’s long-winded allegations above. Now it’s somewhere else entirely.

  • JCSuperstar

    BOJANGLER…or, as this blog knows you better — Laura Calacci — stop with the derogatory comments. “Frito banditos” … really??? I’ve been to your Twitter site @lc20190 and now have a better idea of what makes you tick – you’ve gone beyond being opinionated. I find it so hard to believe you live in one of the most diverse communities in the US. I suspect you will respond by saying you cherish living here — but, just consider, just consider…just consider, you’re insulting a good number of your neighbors.
    JC

    • Greg

      Blasphemy is neither becoming nor better.

      • JCSuperstar

        Greg…you make too many assumptions. Says you have a predetermined set of ideals. This leads to hyperbole. Rooky mistake son.
        JC

    • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

      JC,

      Amazing that those who are in favor of the law are considered “bad, or mean or racist” or whatever, while those who are here illegally and breaking our laws are protected by libs. I think you are a bully for stalking me and feeling like you are clever for putting my name out there . But I stand behind what I said. Illegal immigrants committing crimes bothers me. Sorry if you don’t like it. I am a Conservative Libertarian and proud of it. But all that being said. Karen, should Jesus Christ Superstar be allowed to do that?

      • JCSuperstar

        Laura. I apologize, if you feel I am picking on you. I am not. Everybody is entailed to an opinion, but, when opinionated people pick on others they should be called on it. I too, am a Libertarian, but have a hard time with your “delivery.” My right too.
        Regarding your name being called out. You are the one that posted your Twitter site to one of the commenters here, a month or so back, under your new moniker FTB.
        JC

  • Michael P. McHugh

    This is definitely vermin behavior that I agree should be prosecuted with extreme prejudice all the more if illegal status is part of the equation. But as for your sliming of neighborhoods, . . .

    I’ve been spending lots of time just off the other end of Fairway Drive for a few months. I walk my dog down at the North Shore end many nights. I’ve never seen anything to corroborate the things people say about that end of Fairway Drive and the apartments to the southwest. It’s generally very nice housing near Fairway, some of it super nice, except the apartments at the southwest corner of the North Shore intersection which is not as bad as you seem to think.I’ve never seen, heard, or experienced trouble there. The parked cars all over North Shore are an eyeshore and a safety issue. But what else?

    What am I missing? (I’ve seen condom wrappers in all kinds of places. Earth to FTB: Most people like having sex – even piggy people.)

    Winterthur is a whole different situation.

  • Michael P. McHugh

    Maybe I need to walk further south. Then again, not interested.

  • Michael P. McHugh

    OK. But I used to walk my dog in South Reston. Every Wednesday evening a couple would park side-by-side in the back of a parking lot in one of the industrial parks. They would have sex in the BMer. They tossed the condoms out on to the parking lot. Nasty. Pigs. Not necessarily trafficking, but I appreciate your concern. If they had an apartment, . . .

    Dog walker KNOW what’s going on. 😉

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