Police: Suspected abductor claims to be in MS-13

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Sinahi Aguilar Cruz (left) and Roberto Antoni Medrano-Segovia (right)

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The suspect in a Saturday abduction which resulted in an Amber Alert has claimed to belong to international crime gang MS-13, say police.

Police say the abduction unfolded at a party in the 14800 block of Danville when the suspect, Roberto Medrano-Segovia, 21, got in a verbal altercation with the victim, Sinahi Aguilar Cruz. Other people at the party intervened, but Medrano-Segovia is accused of displaying a knife toward witnesses and claiming to be a member of MS-13.

Medrano-Segovia reportedly left the party and came back with “associates”, then got in another argument with the victim. Witnesses say they watched as Medrano-Segovia forced Cruz into a car, “seemingly against her will”.

Around 2 a.m., Prince William County detectives arrived at the scene to investigate. They reported Cruz as missing and endangered, and Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert for her shortly after.

The following day, around 2 p.m., police got information that both the victim and suspect were at an address in Woodbridge. They were questioned, and police say they provided false identification at first before being positively identified as Medrano-Segovia and Cruz. Cruz was unharmed and brought home to her family, and Medrano-Segovia has been arrested and charged with abduction, gang participation, destruction of property and providing a false name to law enforcement.