PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD (Washington DailyWire) – A pair of teenage brothers charged in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old in Maryland are nationals of El Salvador who arrived in the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas, both 16, were arrested and charged Wednesday with first degree murder in the killing of Herson Mejia-Alvarez, Prince George’s County Police said.
Both Mancias-Callejas brothers are illegal immigrants from El Salvador, a senior DHS official familiar with the matter told TheDCNF on Friday.
“DHS can confirm that Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas are natives of El Salvador who entered the United States as an Unaccompanied Alien Children [UAC] and are illegally present,” the official said on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
Prince George’s County police say officers found Mejia-Alvarez’s body on the afternoon of May 23 in Silver Spring, Maryland, a near suburb of Washington, D.C. Cell phone records show that Mejia-Alvarez and the Mancias-Callejas brothers were at the same apartment building and then went together to a wooded area, where the 19-year-old’s body was later found.
States that have seen the heaviest UAC resettlement were also those that had the most arrests of MS-13 gang members. California, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Massachusetts were the top five among 22 states where an MS-13 member was arrested or charged since 2012, and those five states accounted 63 percent of all MS-13 arrest nationwide.