During the past weekend, the Leesburg Police Department received three separate reports of incidents that have since been determined to be related to the gang MS-13.
On the evening of June 12, a man reported he was attacked and robbed by known suspects on Edwards Ferry Road NE.
The next night, another man reported that after an argument, he was stabbed in his leg by known suspects, also on Edwards Ferry Road. The victim was transported to a local hospital with what was determined to be non-life-threatening injuries.
On the evening of June 14, the third man reported that known suspects brandished a machete at him while walking on the W&OD Trail in the area of Prosperity Avenue SE.The victim fled the area and was not injured.
The cases were investigated by the Leesburg Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, with assistance from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Two men and one juvenile male were charged for these three incidents.
Mauricio Lopez-Alvarado, 24, of Leesburg, was charged with two counts of gang participation, one count of robbery, and one count of malicious wounding by mob. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Guillermo Amaya-Serrano, 21, of Leesburg, charged with three counts of gang participation, one count of robbery, one count of malicious wounding by mob, and one count of brandishing. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
A 16 year old male juvenile, also a Leesburg resident, was charged with one count of robbery and one count of malicious wounding. He was committed to the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.
“The Leesburg Police Department has a zero tolerance for gangs in our town,” stated Chief Greg Brown in announcing the arrests. “Our Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is committed to identifying and reducing crime through community policing, crime analysis, and the utilization of both traditional and non-traditional enforcement techniques to enhance the quality of life within the Town of Leesburg for all residents and visitors. I commend them for their swift work in this investigation.”