New York City police are reportedly on high alert after MS-13 gang leaders gave its members orders to “take out a cop” on Long Island, the New York Post reported.
Hempstead police received a tip about the threat from a “credible” informant, according to an NYPD memo obtained by The Post.
An MS-13 member told the informant that the gang wanted to make a “statement.” The informant said the gang specified they wanted to kill a cop in the Hempstead area.
“The police have been making too many arrests and it’s time to take the streets back and take out a cop like we do in El Salvador,” the suspect allegedly told the informant.
Police are searching for the suspect described as a tall, thin, light-skinned Hispanic man with three dots tattooed next to his eye.
The informant said any MS-13 member has permission to carry out the killing.
“It is imperative for members of the service to take these threats seriously and adapt their work habits and lifestyles accordingly,” the police memo said, according to The Post.
What about the East Coast kingpin’s arraignment Thursday?
In a separate case, Miguel Angel Corea Díaz, 35, was arraigned for conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking Thursday on Long Island, Newsday reported.
“With today’s arraignment, we now have the highest-ranking MS-13 member on the East Coast in custody,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.
The alleged East Coast kingpin, also known as “Reaper,” ordered beatings and killings and directed the gang’s drug operations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and elsewhere, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors said Corea Díaz allegedly instructed gang members on when to kill, whom to kill, and how to kill. He also ordered, “how deep to dig the hole” for the body, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said during a news conference.
“By arresting the head of the Northeast faction of MS-13, we have crippled MS-13’s operations both in New York and in El Salvador,” DEA special agent James Hunt said, WCBS reported.
The judge ordered Corea Díaz to be held without bail.
MS-13, known for its brutality, is believed to be responsible for at least 25 killings on Long Island over the past two years, according to a Fox News report.
The gang started in the 1980s in Los Angeles, when Salvadorians fled the violence in El Salvador and settled in the U.S.
The Trump administration has made targeting the gang a high priority.