Gang Member Sentenced for Assault after Escape in Loudoun

A former MS-13 gang member who tried to escape U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody during a transport on the Dulles Greenway was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison.

Marlon Danilo Rivas-Mendez, 28, of El Salvador, was being transported from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center to an ICE facility for deportation on July 3 when he complained that his handcuffs were too tight. When the officer pulled over and tried to help him, Rivas-Mendez struck the officer in the chest and neck, and fled. He was apprehended a short time later at a Sterling industrial park nearby.

He was convicted of assault and impeding ICE.

Rivas-Mendez already has been deported to El Salvador five times, authorities said.

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