Three Gang Members Plead Guilty to Leesburg Assault

A 19-year-old MS-13 gang member faces 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to three felony charges.

Jose Israel Alvarenga appeared before Judge J. Howe Brown Jr. in Loudoun County Circuit Court this morning and pleaded guilty to charges of gang participation, malicious wounding and obstruction of justice.

The case stems from a Nov. 7, 2015, assault in Leesburg.

Prosecutors said Alvarenga approached a Leesburg man he believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang. The victim denied any involvement in the 18th Street gang and Alvarenga demanded that he join the MS-13 gang. When the victim told Alvarenga that he did not want to join a gang and walked away, he was kicked in the back. Alvarenga threatened to kill the victim if he did not join MS-13. The victim fled from the area.

Few days later, the victim was attacked in a parking lot by two MS-13 gang members who beat him and stabbed him with a machete-style bladed weapon. He suffered multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and hands, losing a finger in the attack and suffering permanent scarring to his face, ear, head, neck and hands.

The attackers were identified as Josue Jeremias Cruz Gonzalez and Jose Roel Guevara Machado.

Alvarenga was arrested on Nov. 16, 2015, on warrants related the assault. Prosecutors said that while in jail, Alvarenga offered to pay other inmates to kill the victim prior to his trial; he requested a photo of the victim’s head cut off as proof. Alvarenga told inmates that he had instructed Cruz Gonzalez and Machado to kill the victim.

Alvarenga is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 10; he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Cruz Gonzalez, 20, pleaded guilty to malicious wounding and gang participation on July 22. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3. Guevara Machado, 21, pleaded guilty to malicious wounding and gang participation on July 25. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 14. Both face up to 30 years in prison.

2 thoughts on “Three Gang Members Plead Guilty to Leesburg Assault

  • 2016-08-05 at 12:38 am

    I highly commend the local police forces for assisting with matters. To the young man who apparently was trying to avoid gang initiation, and will probably face retribution in our small town, I wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery. I’m continued to be saddened, enraged, etc. that my Town continues to be the plight of the “Gang News Media” and we are deemed one of the Quaintest and Nicest small towns in America, which is questionable as murders, gun arrests, etc. seem to be the norm by gang-bangers in one quadrant as the ruffians roll without impunity between our Town and many others. The gang-bangers truly are branching out and trying to influence the younger generations and our local police forces have essentially zero capability of minimizing, let alone preventing, them from succeeding. To the Forward Thinking Progressive Liberals, some who already serve or want to be on our Town Council such as Evan MacBeth, who openly welcome all immigrants, regardless if illegal, what will you do to protect this young man in the future from MS-13 who were reported by the head of the Regional Task Force to be largely comprised of illegal aliens???? Why ICE doesn’t work with our local police is a mystery, well it’s not, but then again look at who’s in power and who keep commuting prison sentences, restoring voting rights to violent felons (McAuliffe did over 5,000 in 2015), not adequately protecting borders and enforcing existing immigration laws, etc.

    • 2016-08-11 at 12:18 pm

      I am amazed that “leesburgsfinest”, whoever you are could write about an increase in the number assaults committed by “gang bangers” without supporting evidence. I do know that we do have a great place to live here in Leesburg and that there are many working Hispanics here who helped build our homes, clean our houses, mow our lawns and work in fast food places. The immigrants I know were hired by local merchants and developers and they pay taxes and contribute to our society. Also I had a heart attack a few months ago and there were many non-whites in the INOVA Health Care system who took great care of me from the heart surgeon to the person who prepared food in the hospitals and cleaned the rooms there.
      I don’t know if “Leesburgsfinest” is a Native American or not but if he/she is not then he /she is descended from immigratnts as I am. We are a country of immigrants! So that is why I am voting for a person who understands this and is a LIBERAL ( a person who has empathy and is open to new ideas) like Evan Mac Beth.

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