NEWS RELEASE

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
Prosecutor

Contact:
John Holl
(908) 527-4621
jholl@ucnj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2011

MS-13 Member Kelvin Mejia Arrested


Authorities arrested a fugitive member of the MS-13 street gang in Plainfield this afternoon, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Kelvin Mejia: DOB 08-29-92 was arrested this afternoon in an operation led by members of Union County Emergency Response Team (SWAT), along with the Prosecutor’s Office and Plainfield Police Department. Mejia was found cowering in an attic crawl space in a residence on East 6th Street in Plainfield.

Authorities had been looking for Mejia since earlier this week when a number of MS-13 members were rounded up and arrested during a number of raids in the city of Plainfield. Those raids resulted in the arrest of 10 other gang members, including two juveniles. During the raids, police recovered several weapons including three machetes and a shotgun.

Other members of MS13 have been arrested in recent months and charged in at least three homicides that occurred in the city of Plainfield. Several other MS13 members are suspected in at least two other homicides, said Romankow.

Mejia is charged with Conspiracy to commit Murder (1st degree), Conspiracy to Possess a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (2nd degree), Conspiracy to Distribute Weapons (4th) degree, Armed Robbery(1st), Possession of Handgun (2nd), Possession of Shotgun (3rd), Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (2nd). Bail $1 million

“Plainfield much safer tonight with Mejia behind bars,” said Romankow. “But work will continue to round up other gang members who are causing violence and terrorizing the city. These gang members have acted with reckless abandon and lack of remorse. They will be dealt with in the criminal justice system accordingly. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will also evaluate these individuals to determine if they are undocumented.”

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.