Local law enforcement officers arrested two suspected MS-13 gang members in connection with separate incidents over the weekend.
The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere.
On Friday, July 6, Cannon County Sheriff’s Investigator Anthony Young arrested Pablo Solorzamo, 1150 Salem Rd., Norene, on a warrant charging him with Statutory Rape.
According to Investigator Young, Solorzamo allegedly snuck into the bedroom of the victim through and open window on March 17 and raped her.
After the incident, Solorzamo reportedly told the victim he was a member of the MS-13 gang and that if she said anything he would harm both her and her family.
Solorzamo had bond set at $20,000. His initial court date is Sept. 11.
In the other arrest, members of the Woodbury Police Department and the CCSD went to 203 E. Water Street on Saturday, July 7, to serve an arrest warrant on Norberto Rodriguez Ramirez, Jr.
Ramirez was wanted by the Smyrna Police Department in connection with a May 17 incident at the Meng Mi Car Wash in Smyrna. He is accused of pointing a silver revolver at a woman at the car wash in Smyrna, ordering her to the ground and taking her car.
He is charged with carjacking with a deadly weapon. His previous last known address was 706 Rodeo Drive in Smyrna.
WPD officers John Fesmire, John House and Brent Brock and CCSD deputies Eric Moss and Doc Smith went to the location to make the arrest after receiving information Ramirez was at the 203 E. Water St. address.
Officers Fesmire, House and Deputy Smith went to the front door while Officer Brock and Deputy Moss went to the back door.
After knocking for a few minutes, someone finally answered the front door. At about the same time, the officers at the back door stated that someone was looking through the rear window shades.
Benjamin Alan Greer, who lives at the residence, told Officer House and Deputy Smith that Ramirez was not at the house. Greer allowed officers to search the residence.
As they entered the front door, Officer Fesmire heard Officer House and Deputy Smith yelling for someone to get their hands up. Officer Fesmire then saw Ramirez open the rear door and evade Officer House.
Ramirez was very quickly taken into custody as Officer Brock and Deputy Moss grabbed Ramirez in mid air as he jumped out the rear door.
Greer was taken into custody for making False Statements. He also has an outstanding warrant in Davidson County. His bond was set at $3,500 and his initial court date was set for Aug. 28.
Ramirez was charged with Evading Arrest, with a bond of $1,500 set, and a hold was placed on him for the Smyrna PD. He also had a Aug. 28 court date set.
While the MS-13 gang has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden neighborhoods of 1980s Los Angeles, the gang’s reach now extends from Central American nations like El Salvador and through Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
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.