Homeland Security arrests purported MS-13 member for threatening NYPD: report

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February 14, 2020 - 1:38 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An undocumented immigrant has been arrested for allegedly threatening police officers in New York, according to reports.

Armando Clemente-Ramos was arrested by federal Homeland Security agents Thursday evening, the New York Post reported.

He faces immigration charges in addition to charges connected to the alleged threat against police.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was made aware of a threat to the law enforcement community here in New York City,” a Homeland Security Investigations representative told the Post in a statement.  “As a result, HSI special agents investigated the threat and subsequently made an arrest.”

Clemente-Ramos is purportedly a member of MS-13, the gang known for a series of brutal killings on Long Island several years ago that often targeted young teens, CNN reported.

His arrest came the same day that the NYPD sent out an alert to all precincts of a "credible threat" against officers in the Bronx, specifically the 41st Precinct, where officers came under attack last weekend.

On Thursday, the Sergeants Benevolent Association posted on Twitter what purports to be a photo of the internal memo about the warning.

“WARNING - MUST READ NYPD COPS ASSASSINATION THREAT- the attached notice has been distributed throughout NYPD Commands. REMAIN ALERT - respond with back up on all 9/11 calls,” reads the tweet.

The NYPD and federal authorities wouldn’t say if they believe Clemente-Ramos is connected to those specific threats. CNN reported that his arrest was unrelated to the NYPD memo.

NYPD officers are already on edge after officers were targeted over the weekend. During a 12-hour period Saturday night into Sunday morning, two police officers were shot in separate attacks.

A gunman initially shot at two officers, wounding one, as they sat in their marked police van in the Bronx. Hours later, a man—possibly the same individual--walked into the 41st Precinct in the Bronx and opened fire, wounding another officer. The suspect, Robert Williams, faces attempted murder and other charges.