Suspected MS-13 member wanted in Northern Va. killing arrested in Ga.

WASHINGTON — A man wanted in a murder in Virginia, who authorities say is in the country illegally, is in custody in Georgia.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up Hector Amaya-Gamez, 28, at a gas station in Norcross, Georgia, on Sunday.

Prince William County issued a warrant for Amaya-Gamez’s arrest Friday in conjunction with the gang-related murder of Miguel Angel Ruiz Carrillo. Investigators found his body Aug. 22 near Nokesville Road and Fauquier Drive in Nokesville, Virginia, and determined Amaya-Gamez was directly involved in the murder, police said.

Amaya-Gamez, a Salvadoran national who police say is a member of the MS-13 gang, is being held by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia awaiting extradition to Virginia on first-degree murder charges. ICE has lodged a detainer on him and said in a release that if he’s convicted, he’ll be deported after serving his sentence.

ICE investigators don’t know when or where Amaya entered the United States.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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