State Released MS-13 Members Who Murdered 14-Year-Old Girl, Ignored ICE Detainer

ICE said that Prince George's County corrections released the two future killers from custody without notifying them.

Prince George’s County, MD – The two MS-13 gang members believed to have murdered 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz in early May should not have been out and on the street, free to hack the girl to death with a machete and a baseball bat.

Both 16-year-old Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and 17-year-old Joel Ernesto Escobar are in the United States illegally, WTTG reported.

And Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar, both of El Salvador, were arrested together on May 11, 2018.

That’s when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers lodged their first detainer for them with the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections (PGCDC).

The teens, both known MS-13 gang members, were facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempted robbery, according to an ICE bulletin published on Tuesday.

ICE said that PGCDC didn’t notify them when Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were released.

But corrections officials quickly pointed the finger at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services as the entity that released the future killers, WTTG reported.

“A court order resulted in both individuals being transferred to the Cheltenham Youth Detention Center, which is a state facility. Neither of these individuals were released to the public from the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. They remained detained in the juvenile facility until the disposition of their cases earlier this year,” PGCDC said in a statement.

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services has so far, for its part, played dumb.

A spokesman for the department said that Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar’s ages prevented them from releasing details, WTTG reported.

He also said that it was very rare for the state’s juvenile correctional facilities to be notified of an ICE detainer.

But even ICE said in its bulletin that they couldn’t find out when and under what circumstances the would-be murderers were released.

WTTG reported they were unable to figure out who was responsible for notifying ICE and why they did not make the notification.

Just a year after they were initially arrested on violent gang-related charges, Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were arrested again, and are now facing murders charges as adults, WUSA reported.

Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi, 14, was also arrested and charged with murder after she admitted to police that she helped plan the attack on Funes-Diaz.

Police said Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar beat and stabbed 14-year-old Funes-Diaz to death as Hernandez-Nucamendi watched, WUSA reported.

Prince George’s County Police Major Brian Riley said investigators thought the victim had helped her killers with a gang-related robbery and kidnapping in DC on April 17.

For some reason, Fuentes-Ponce, Escobar, and Hernandez-Nucamendi believed Funes-Diaz was going to turn them in to the authorities, according to WUSA.

So they murdered her and left her body in a creek in Riverdale.

All three were arrested on May 16 and charged with first-degree murder, according to the ICE bulletin.

“These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life,” ICE Baltimore Field Office Director Diane Witte said.

Police initially believed that Hernandez-Nucamendi was only a witness to the horrible killing, but she later confessed that she had stood at the entrance to the tunnel and watched as Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar stabbed and beat the other 14 year old to death, WUSA reported.

She told police that she watched Fuentes-Ponce clean the blood off his machete in the creek and later led investigators to that murder weapon.

Court documents revealed that there is another unknown suspect on investigators’ radar.

Hernandez-Nucamendi told police that a fourth participant had filmed the murder on a cell phone, according to WUSA.

Police are now searching for the fourth suspect.

ICE officers have lodged detainers, for the second time now, for Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar with PGCDC.

The ICE bulletin said ICE officers would “seek to take custody of these public safety threats pending the outcome of their criminal proceedings.”

Comments (36)
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JBo
JBo

Those who continue to ignore these dangers of political correctness and allow these predators to roam among the people will NEVER care until it happens to their children.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This has become a constant theme in today's America, thanks to a dangerous liberal agenda that has put all of us at risk.

Daughter
Daughter

THIS IS APPALLING...they need to be shot!!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

The IDIOT(S) that allowed these two POS's out should all be charged with accessory. Their failure to follow federal protocol and law directly attributed to the death of the 13 year old. ICE should set up a website detailing every detainer issued and ignored. That way we know who the offenders are and where they live. So as citizens of this country we can better defend ourselves against violent alien criminals and assist ICE in catching them so they could be deported.

nadkram
nadkram

Why are they still alive...???

stxnpx
stxnpx

This is the same county that Elijah Cummings, open borders advocate, is from. Maryland politicians have no regard for their citizens and legal immigrants.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I'm about sick of this taking place in my own backyard! These agencies have got to work together to fight this kind of bureaucratic BS from happening! Where's the accountability in all of this?

When are you people in America going to have enough of this liberal BS to say STOP! Enough already! You won't because you're gutless cowards that won't call out the politicians for what they are, the judges and prosecutors, prosecutorial immunity, you name it!

Hasn't it affected your backyard yet or is your head stuck too far up your behind to even notice? Are the liberalists in this country that YOU'VE allowed to take over and make the rules, are they going to let you onto their walled property to protect you from these people? Nope! Who pays for their security? Anyone that pays taxes, that's who.

I need to stop, this country is so f'd up and everyone let it get like this while everyone was looking, that's the real sad part here.

Sailor
Sailor

If I were the father of this victim, I would ensure some State employees who caused this paid dearly and I'm not talking money.

RB2207
RB2207

Parents of the girl should file a lawsuit against MDJS for negligence. Hit these people where it counts, in their bank accounts. That is how you get things to change. Look at the entire ghetto lottery as proof of that.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Whoever released these POS thugs needs to be indicted and sent to a cell with MS13 gang members so he or she will know what it was like for that 14 year old when she was beaten and chopped up with a machete.

Mrdan
Mrdan

Kill them as they are being escorted to jail cross bow to the chest they'll never know what hit them

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I've said this MANY TIMES. "This will not stop until the victims of these Animals are the people that enable them. Then Hypocritically, THEY will "Want Justice" and of course OUR PRAYERS,,when they themselves never apply the former, or believe in the Latter."

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

So let me get this straight Maryland, two people who were already suspects in several murder charges, were just allowed to walk out free....Whether or not you notified ICE, why the hell did you just let them walk out free to me is the bigger question....And neither the Dept of Corrections or Youth Detention Center notified ICE to tell them, “Hey, we have two illegals who we feel committed several murders...we’ll hold them til you come investigate”... as far as I’m concerned they BOTH dropped the ball here!!!!!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Hanson's Razor applies here: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

They're worse than animals. They need to be eradicated like a cockroach infestation.

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

This is another reason why we need the wall and stopping illegals from entering the country. If they truly want to be here then do it legally, as those before you did.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Past time to begin holding all those accountable who choose to let the animals go. Find out who ultimately decides to release them. Someone has to sign or rubber stamp the b.s. Make them pay for the deaths or whatever crimes are committed.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LEO1529- "For the love of God, they are not animals, they are fucking CREATURES!!!!!!!!!!!! How many times do I have to explain myself? Please show me where in the animal kingdom, animals go around robbing, raping, molesting, killing, etc..... each other, THEY DO NOT! I had to explain the same thing to other officers when I worked in the inner city and would see the same types of crimes. They are CREATURES!"

1529- Respectfully -They are behaving just like animals. Just because several do not agree with you doesn't make them wrong and you correct . Please do more research as there are myriad examples of animals doing exactly what you say they do not do. You want to call them "creatures" that's up to you . I choose to call them "animals" and that's up to me ... and apparently many others here as well. Others are entitled to different opinions so please get a grip as we all have our own opinions. You can agree to disagree peacefully but anything else wont work.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

BLM needs to post a correction. Those two thugs were not in the custody of the P.G.C. Dept of Corrections but for a short time. For whatever reason, a judge decided the original charges should be handled as a juvenile matter and they were remanded to the custody of the Maryland Dept, of Juvenile Services and it was they who released them. It is quite possible the detainers never even made it to the DJS since they were sent to the Prince George's County P.D., the original arresting agency rather than the agancy which actually had custody of them.

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

Its time to protect our children. Be aware. Look. listen. Observe. act swiftly, ruthless. United, we crush evil.

Born_in_the_USA
Born_in_the_USA

What part of ILLEGAL immigrants don’t people understand? Marylanders are some of worst liberals when it comes to coddling these illegals. Their mere presence in this country is a CRIME, what is so hard for these f-ing liberals to understand? I am happy to work alongside and work for legal immigrants and/or lawfully naturalized citizens. Why should those who have worked hard to follow the rules bother if the liberals would just give it to them for free? Why should anyone bother to work for anything, if you’re not a white male (or simply employed), the liberals will give you all you could hope for; college, a home, and a paycheck without working for them. The liberals would give it all to the ILLEGALS and “underserved,” right out of the pockets of the real workers. I better stop before this really turns into a ridiculous rant. I can only hope that these two murderers spend their stay in prison getting mercilessly raped and humiliated well into their old age.