PLAINFIELD — Authorities arrested a fugitive alleged member of the MS-13 street gang in Plainfield Friday afternoon, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
Kelvin Mejia, 18, was arrested July 8 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, officials said.
Authorities had been looking for Mejia since earlier in the week when a number of alleged 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 reputed 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, conspiracy to possess a weapon for unlawful purpose, conspiracy to distribute weapons, armed robbery, possession of handgun, possession of shotgun, and possession of weapon for unlawful purpose. His bail was set at $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.”
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