As confirmed by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested a member of the brutal Salvadoran gang MS-13 after he allegedly threatened to assassinate New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers in the Bronx.
Armando Clemente-Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was arrested Thursday night after reportedly threatening officers of the 41st Precinct, the same precinct where 45-year-old Robert Williams entered and opened fire Sunday, shooting Lieutenant Jose Gautreaux.
Gautreaux is expected to make a full recovery.
Hours earlier, Williams allegedly shot NYPD Officer Paul Stroffolino of the 42nd Precinct as he sat in a police van. Stroffolino was released from the hospital Sunday.
But according to The New York Daily News, MS-13 wanted to get in on the action.
“MS-13 wanted their hat in the ring,” a law enforcement source said, according to the paper.
The same source told the paper that ICE arrested Clemente-Ramos on immigration charges just to “get the guy off the street,” but that further charges are possible.
The Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA) which is the largest NYPD labor union, publicly warned police officers about the threat.
Thursday afternoon, the group posted a screenshot of a message circulated within the NYPD warning police officers of the potential threat. The SBA described it as an “assassination threat.”
The SBA is known for its criticism of New York City Mayor and failed presidential candidate Bill de Blasio, especially for his stances on immigration.
HSI later confirmed Clemente-Ramos’s arrest.
“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was made aware of a threat to the law enforcement community here in New York City,” the agency said. “As a result, HSI, with its law enforcement partners, investigated the threat and subsequently made an arrest.”
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