A fifth MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in the stabbing death of a man earlier this year, police announced.
Francisco Antonio Rodriguez-Ulloa, 20, was charged with murder in the death of 25-year-old Victor Castro-Martinez, who was found stabbed in a city park on June 7, according to a press release distributed by the Houston Police Department.
Castro-Martinez was also a police informant, but Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said earlier this month the man was killed because he was in a rival MS-13 gang, not because he was an informant, FOX NEWS reports.
He was wearing a recording device and was actively helping HPD identify gang members and activities when he was killed, court records show. He was still wearing the recording device when his body was found in a wooded area of the park at 6700 Long Drive about 11:30 a.m. on June 7.
All 5 suspects are members of MS-13 gang, Marlon A. Miranda, 19, Wilson J. Ventura-Mejia, 22, Miguel Aguilar-Ochoa, 33, and Carlos Elias Henriquez-Torres, 18 — were also charged with murder in the victim’s death.
The Houston PD has not released any statements on how or why they lost contact with their informant, even though Victor Castro-Martinez had sent them a text message on his location at the park.
Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California. They rob, extort and bully their way into neighborhoods and have gradually turned to transnational crimes such as human smuggling and drug trafficking. Their activities have helped make the Northern Triangle — Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — the most violent place in the world that is not at war. In October 2012, the US Department of the Treasury labeled the group a “transnational criminal organization,” the first such designation for a US street gang.
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