MS-13 Issues Threats Against Officers In Nassau County, Police Say

April 19, 2018 - 9:04 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Nassau County police have received “credible” threats by MS-13 to “take out” an officer, the police commissioner said Thursday.

Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the department has already stepped up patrols and has made several arrests, but was still trying to determine Thursday evening who issued the threats.

Ryder said the first threat came in on Wednesday afternoon in Hempstead.

The Newsday report said that Nassau County police circulated an internal memo to all officers saying a gang member had told an informant, “It’s time to take the streets back and take out (shoot) a cop like we do in El Salvador.”

The gang member described by the informant was described as being thin with tattoos of three dots next to his eyes, and said MS-13 needs to “make a statement.” The memo said any gang member had permission to carry out the attack, Newsday reported.

Nassau County police added extra enforcement in Hempstead Wednesday night, working with Hempstead police. Officers made several arrests in connection with the enforcement effort, Ryder said.

Police later Wednesday made an additional threat that was also deemed credible, Ryder said.

Ryder said no specific officers were named in the threats.

Police have now doubled up patrols in the 1st and 5th precincts, and have moved Bureau of Special Operations patrols into the area, Ryder said.

Ryder said there was also a threat that a person was planning to execute and officer and was found with weapons in a vehicle and a mask, and “there by the grace of God, that didn’t happen that night.”

“MS-13 wants to threaten a cop in this county? MS-13 is going to get answers,” Ryder said. “They did last night, and they will continue to for the next several days” until those behind the threats are arrested.

Ryder said he could not say whether the threats were connected to the arrest of the alleged East Coast crime boss of MS-13.

Miguel Angel Corea Diaz had been jailed in Maryland in a separate drug case. Drug Enforcement Administration agents transported him to Nassau County on Wednesday.

"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 in a statement earlier in the day. "This defendant, known as Reaper, allegedly ordered murders and trafficked large amounts of poisonous heroin up and down the eastern seaboard. What started as a narcotics investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration quickly expanded in scope and geography to include murder and violence committed by alleged MS-13 members throughout the United States and El Salvador. I am thankful to the DEA and 20 other law enforcement agencies that helped disrupt the Sailors and Hollywood Cliques of MS-13. "

When the charges against Corea Diaz and 16 other defendants with alleged ties to MS-13 were announced earlier this year, DEA officials described him as the "point man on the East Coast who would report to MS-13 hierarchy in El Salvador.''

Ryder said the threats against the officers were not connected to an incident in Trenton, Florida on Thursday when someone fired through the window of a restaurant and fatally shot two Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies.

(Copyright 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)